Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the two most popular voice assistants around, integrated in countless products and sporting their own proprietary smart speakers. Whirlpool has now capitalized on this in a big way. Select Whirlpool appliances will now have integration for both assistants, bringing a new level of versatility to their smart appliance portfolio.
Owners of compatible Whirlpool smart appliances will be able to control them via voice commands anywhere in the house. “By teaming up with Google and Amazon we’re providing families with a unique way to interact with their appliances to get chores done their way and on their time,” said Jennifer Tayebi, communications brand manager.
With Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, families can ask how much time is left on the microwave, set temperature and time on the range, change the temperature in the refrigerator, ask how much time is left on the clothes dryer, pause the washer, and on and on.
With the addition of Google Assistant to Whirlpool’s already established Amazon Alexa ecosystem, families don’t have to switch from one assistant to the other to utilize their smart appliances. “With more connected home devices introduced each year, it can be a challenge to make sure they all remain interconnected,” said Ryan Craig, senior manager, internet of things global strategy and partnerships. “By introducing the collaboration with the Google Assistant on Google Home in addition to our previous collaboration with Amazon, we’re hoping to offer a more connected smart home ecosystem for families.”
Whirlpool has also added an additional feature to their refrigerators with touchscreens. Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons will now allow Prime customers to order beverages, snacks, paper towels and more directly from their refrigerator’s LCD screen.
It’s great to see Whirlpool pushing forward with smart home advancements. If you’re at CES 2018 in Las Vegas this week, check out Whirlpool’s booth #41725 in the Smart Home section, located at the Sands Expo Center.
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