There’s about to be an Amazon microwave, with signals the total smart home domination that the e-commerce jungle seems to be planning.
It’s official name is the “AmazonBasics Microwave,” and it seems like a total outlier in the world of Amazon-related products. Some people are wondering what the opportunity is here. Is a smarter microwave really something that consumers need?
According to Amazon, they chose the standard kitchen appliances because it’s one product that hasn’t seen an upgrade in several decades. And when you think about it, they’re right. Have you ever tried to defrost a piece of meat with your microwave’s built-in preset? If you have, then you know the frustration that ensues.
The microwave doesn’t have any speakers or microphones built into it, but pairs instead to a nearby Echo. You can press the Alexa button on the appliance to save time, and then command it to the preset you desire. Apparently, Alexa will be capable of understanding dozens of different presets, and the company will add more commands over time.
The microwave costs $59.99.
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Even if you still don’t really see the point in updating your kitchen appliance to defrost faster or add thirty seconds to your frozen meal, there’s something significant here. The Amazon microwave gives us a clue as to what they’re planning: total smart home domination.
Take a look at how the microwave works.
It’s powered by the “Amazon Connect Kit,” which they’re going to make available to other kitchen appliances manufacturers. That means the people who make those gadgets won’t have to update their own devices with custom software. Instead, they’ll just be Alexa compatible.
They’re also launching a Smart Plug for $24.99. It’s function? To make all devices “smart.” Just plug them into your Echo, and it basically works like an Alexa on/off switch.