Smart Appliances Make the Holidays a Little Merrier

Dec. 19, 2016

Spending time with the family is the highlight of every holiday, but spending time in the kitchen can be a drag.

GE Appliances and Amazon Alexa want to help you spend more time making gingerbread houses with the kids and less time in the kitchen. The Alexa skill built for GE Appliances and Monogram products has a unique name, which is “Geneva.” The latest Geneva capabilities have been released to keep fun the priority in your festivities.

Up to the elbows in gift wrap or trapped by tinsel? With a helping hand from GE Appliances’ latest additions to their Amazon Alexa Geneva skill, creating holiday favorites like gingerbread cookies and beef tenderloin has never been easier. Owners can simply use their voice to ask Alexa on Amazon Echo to preheat a connected oven to ensure the holiday goes smoothly and the meal is cooked to perfection.

Launched in September of this year, the Geneva skill was the first to control a broad range of WiFi-enabled kitchen appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges, laundry and more.

For example, the command “Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat for ham,” will start Geneva's functions to help you find the preferred cooking mode for your perfect holiday ham. Geneva will now be able to preset temperatures for more than 20 holiday favorites, with ten of those settings applying to a variety of cookies.

Additionally, the connected oven meat probe can help keep a meal perfect while the host or hostess is tied up in preparation. Simply saying “Alexa, ask Geneva for oven status” will result in Geneva telling you if the oven is preheating or has reached the final temperature, what mode it is in and if the unit is preheated the current temperature of the meat probe inside of the holiday entree.

Owners will not have to leave tree decorating with the family to check on the progress of the feast. An integrated meat probe can also reduce the risk of overcooking or undercooking with faulty, plastic thermometers.

A few other skills handy for the holiday include:

  • “Alexa, tell Geneva I want cookies.”
  • “Alexa, tell Geneva to set the oven timer for 10 minutes.”
  • “Alexa, ask Geneva if the icemaker is full.”
  • “Alexa, ask Geneva when the dishwasher will be finished.”

GE Appliances, a Haier company, a leader in WiFi-connected appliance technology, makes owners’ lives easier while improving their daily routines. With its connected suite of GE Appliances and Monogram-branded appliances, owners can monitor and maintain their home from virtually anywhere. From the kitchen to the laundry room, connected products work with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Dash Replenishment and IFTTT—allowing owners to stay on top of their appliances from near or far using their voice or a mobile device.

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Topics: Appliances, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Going Green, Healthy Homes, Kitchen, Lighting, Ranges, Refrigerators

Companies: General Electric

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