Alexa could soon be coming to a lot more devices, from smart watches to Bluetooth headphones.
Amazon announced its new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit today, in a move to expand the voice assistant to ‘on-the-go’ devices.
While Alexa has appeared on wearables before, the new kit aims to make the process much simpler, so Bluetooth devices built with it can connect right to Alexa through the smartphone app.
The new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit means developers would no longer need to take on the bulk of the coding in order to add Alexa to their devices, the firm explains in a new blog post.
It works with the Amazon Alexa App for both iOS and Android, and will connect to Bluetooth audio device that have the new capability.
This could soon include headphones, smart watches, and fitness trackers.
According to Amazon, the kit will become available for developers ‘later this year.’
There are already a number of big name device makers working to integrate the service, with Bose, Jabrra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, Linkplay, SUGR, and Libre Wireless working to put out ‘Alexa on-the-go’ devices this year.
The move aims to bring hands free control to mobile devices, allowing easier access to weather updates, music, calendar management, and more.
Amazon also revealed today that Alexa users in the US can now control their microwave ovens with simple voice commands, by stating phrases such as: ‘Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken.’
While the functionality is limited to microwaves for now, Amazon says support for ‘other cooking devices,’ including conventional ovens, is on the way.
The new microwave functionality will first come to customers in the US, with other countries to follow.
Whirlpool has developed an Alexa skill for its connected microwaves, with plan to launch the service soon.
According to Amazon, Alexa users will be able to ask the smart assistant to set cook times, modes, and power levels, instead of relying on what the firm says can be a ‘confusing microwave experience.’
GE, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung are also working to integrate the cooking capabilities.
On social media, reactions to the latest capabilities have been mixed, with some users commenting sarcastically on the idea that the common household appliance is ‘confusing.’
And, others are focusing on the potentially dangerous ways the new capability could go wrong.
Amazon’s Alexa has steadily been building its skill set over the last few months.
olice are even exploring whether the devices could be used by owners to report crimes without ever leaving their couch.
The firm also revealed last month that Alexa is headed to the workplace.
The company said that Alexa is now programmed to handle a range of tedious office tasks.
Businesses can buy Alexa devices that help employees dial into conference calls, manage their calendars, find open meeting rooms and – not surprisingly – order work supplies from Amazon.