A new report by CNBC suggests that the company has plans for at least eight new Alexa-enabled devices, ranging from predictable items, such as an amplifier and a subwoofer, to the less conventional, such as a microwave. However, an Alexa-powered microwave oven definitely sounds cool, not to mention the others that should arrive by the end of December: an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget.
Amazon will reportedly hold an event sometime later this year to reveal the devices to the world.
After launching Alexa-based speakers, Amazon is now planning to launch more hardware for a complete smart home setup powered by its digital assistant. Wake word detection and speech sync both seem like particularly intriguing new tools for developers to take advantage of - I'd bet on Amazon's efforts bearing some pretty interesting fruit in the months ahead.
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Some of the devices will have Alexa built in, while others will be able to connect to the voice assistant. With this new venture, Amazon will be establishing a proper ecosystem with its range of smart speakers and the new home appliances.
Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the smart doorbell maker Ring, which also makes devices that are compatible with Alexa. Sonos has a similar business model.
Amazon declined to comment to CNBC regarding the report.
Regardless, for Amazon, getting Alexa into your microwave is about more than just cooking burritos and popcorn more convenient. Amazon could launch a few from the list towards September-end. But with that product, users must buy a separate Alexa speaker and then enable the two devices to work together.