04 October 2018
Amazon has announced a plethora of new Alexa-powered devices at its smart device event. The launch also included a tiny surprise which could make your dumb electronic appliances smart. Sounds interesting? Well, yes it’s and this whole process of making your appliances smart will cost you $25. Called as Smart Plug, the device lets you plug ordinary electrical appliances into it.
The Amazon Smart Plug ships with Wi-Fi Simple Setup and let you control your appliances remotely. You can schedule lights, fans, and some appliances like a coffee maker to turn on and off automatically. The Smart Plug is simple to set up and use; just plug in, open the Alexa app, and start using your voice as it adds voice control to any outlet.
The Amazon Smart Plug is really compact and it doesn’t require a smart home hub for the connection. Set up routines and schedules work through the Alexa app. For instance, you can create a morning routine that turns on the lights and your coffee maker with a single request. You can control several appliances this way, for instance, humidifier, electric kettle, fan, Christmas lights, and so on. So, this way, even the smallest electrical appliance of your home becomes smart and wouldn’t require any direct traditional control.
You must be connected through a 2.Ghz Wi-Fi network and it’s for indoor use only. While the Smart Plug works with just the Alexa app, you can also make it work with some Alexa-enable devices like Echo, Fire TV, Fire tablet, Sonos One.
At the event, Amazon also launched a Microwave which is also Wi-Fi enabled for a remote control by Alexa. The Microwave comes with a built-in “Ask Alexa” button. Just press the button and issue a verbal command, like “one minute” to get the time going. You can get things done by issuing a command, like “Alexa, microwave two potatoes.
"At its event, senior vice president of Amazon Devices Dave Limp said "Alexa, one potato" to the microwave, and it set a timer and turned on. He then said "Alexa, add 30 seconds to the microwave," and the assistant updated the countdown," reports Engadget.
The new microwave will come with some quick-cook voice presets for a faster control.
It also comes with a Dash Replenishment service with an “Auto Popcorn Replenishment” feature so you can automatically ask it to pop more corns before you run out. The compact counterpart microwave unit costs $59.99. Alexa isn’t built-in here, but it will work via a paired Echo device.
You can pre-order the Amazon Smart Plug from Amazon for $25 only. This will be released on October 11. The cost of Microwave is $59.99 and it will be released on November 14.