Amazon to launch Alexa-powered microwave, amplifier, subwoofer, and more

Amazon is launching Alexa powered gadgets soon

The internet giant is mulling the launch of eight new devices that can be controlled just by using your voice and its digital assistant technology, Alexa. "Now it is one of the most popular voice assistants, leading the growth of the burgeoning smart speaker market, which is expected to be worth $30 billion by 2024, according to Global Market Insights".

The Alexa-enabled upcoming devices include a microwave own, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget, among others. Alexa was initially considered a geeky experiment at Amazon. It's worth noting that the company launched an SDK to help auto makers integrate the assistant into their vehicle entertainment systems last month, so it may have had this in the works for quite some time.

At least some of the Alexa-powered devices Amazon is planning could arrive as soon as this month, says CNBC, citing internal documents outlining the company's plans.

Amazon to control Microwave
Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget

Some of them will be revealed at an event later this month, CNBC reported.

More so than other virtual assistants including Siri and the Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa has always been focused on the home. Sonos already has an amplifier and subwoofer that works with Alexa, while GE has a smart microwave that can be connected to and controlled with Alexa.

It's unclear how commercially successful the new devices will be. Of course, there are rumours that Amazon is also building robots for the home. Amazon also earlier this year bought the smart doorbell maker Ring. Garmin already partnered with Amazon to bring out an Alexa-enabled in-car speaker called the Garmin Speak, complete with a little OLED display for driving instructions. Higher-end models provide further flexibility to explore Amazon's offerings beyond Xbox, but as always, these come at a premium.

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