Smart Appliances Make the Holidays a Little Merrier
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.
Read more about smart and connected homes.
Companies: General Electric
While more buyers are making home performance a part of their decision process, a home has to offer more than that.
The Proud Green Home of Louisville uses whole-home water filtration to provide fresh water to every fixture and appliance.
Sponsored by: Environmental Water Systems
Thrive Home Builders, an award-winning residential builder, began offering solar power on its homes to stand out in the competitive Denver market.
The 2017 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta drew builders and other professionals to share their knowledge.
Low cost of living is just as important as the purchase cost.
Home builders are understandably reluctant to adopt the latest technology without knowing how it may perform over the long term.
As energy codes and consumer interest drive growth in high-performance home buildings, insulated concrete forms provide an attractive alternative to wood-frame construction.
For builders looking for ways to create high-performance homes efficiently, insulated concrete forms may be the answer. As the name implies, ICFs are EPS foam forms filled with concrete to form walls and foundations for home residential and commercial buildings....
Huber uses collaboration to increase relevancy in industry
At the 2017 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance High-Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, building professionals gathered to share information on the latest trends and technology.
Build tight and ventilate right is the mantra of high performance home building, but actually pulling that off can be challenging for builders.
This year's event used a new format of summits to give builders, manufacturers, raters, code officials and other professionals the opportunity to share tips and challenges with their peers.
While a home may be built with adequate ventilation strategies according to current building codes, performance may vary in the actual installation.