The Chinese-owned and Kentucky-based appliance manufacturer GE Appliances launched its smart countertop microwave oven last year. Back then, you could talk to it using Amazon Alexa and scan barcodes on food packages for assistance in cooking. Now, GE Appliances is making it smarter by adding Google Assistant compatibility.
Jeremy Miller, commercial director, SmartHome Solutions for GE Appliances said,
The kitchen is the place where your hands are often full and messy at any given time–you could be using your oven, microwave, cutting board, cooktop, all while catching up with your partner about the day or helping your child with a math problem. By bringing the Google Assistant to our GE connected microwaves, you can now continue caramelizing onions, while stopping your special sauce from boiling over in the microwave—all without lifting a finger. It saves time, and it can also save dinner.
You can now start, stop, pause, resume, and add time just by giving voice commands to Google Assistant. This new feature will be added through an update so existing users will also be able to enjoy it. Setting up the microwave oven can be done using the GE Appliances Kitchen App and the Google Home app. After the setup, you can use the following commands:
- Hey Google, start the microwave (starts a 30-second cycle).
- Hey Google, set the microwave for one minute, 30 seconds.
- Hey Google, pause the microwave.
- Hey Google, resume the microwave.
- Hey Google, stop the microwave.
- Hey Google, how much time is left on the microwave timer?
- Hey Google, add one minute to the microwave timer.
GE Appliances smart countertop microwave is currently available at retail stores and online for a price tag of $144.