Conversational Appliances: Control Your Home with Your Voice

  • Amazon Alexa and GE Appliances collaboration enables hands-free
    convenience with voice control
  • GE Appliances is the first Alexa skill to control a broad range of
    kitchen appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens,
    ranges, laundry and more

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–What if you could find out when your dishwasher cycle would be finished,
preheat your oven or find out if your clothes are clean—all with the
sound of your voice? GE Appliances, a Haier company, is the first
Alexa skill
to control a broad range of kitchen appliances including
refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges, laundry and more.


“Voice connectivity has a big role in the Internet of Things, as well as
in the home,” said Liz VerSchure, vice president responsible for GE
Appliances connected strategy. “Integrating our connected appliances
with Alexa will help make consumers’ lives easier, more productive and a
little more fun.”

Have your hands full or cleaning up a mess? GE Appliances and Alexa now
make it possible to preheat your oven with just your voice. Hate to
leave the kids while you check on the wash? Ask Alexa the status of your
cycle and save a trip.

Last year, Amazon launched the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice
Service (AVS), allowing developers to build Alexa skills or integrate
Alexa directly into their hardware, product or service. Alexa is the
brain behind Amazon Echo, a cloud-connected speaker that offers
hands-free voice control for everything from music to weather and
alarms. Today Alexa has over 2,000 skills and continues to grow, with
new skills being added by third parties like GE Appliances, who want to
connect their products to voice capabilities.

The Alexa skill built for GE appliances and Monogram®
products has a unique name, which is “Geneva.” This way, Alexa device
owners can use and control their GE Appliances products by simply
saying, “Alexa, tell Geneva I want hot water,” which will tell the
connected refrigerator to get hot water ready. A few other skills
include:

  • “Alexa, tell Geneva to turn on Sabbath mode.”
  • “Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.”
  • “Alexa, tell Geneva to set the oven timer for 10 minutes.”
  • “Alexa, tell Geneva to set the water heater to 110 degrees.”
  • “Alexa, ask Geneva if my laundry is clean.”

“We’re excited to work with GE Appliances to bring hands-free voice
control to major appliances like refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and
more for the first time,” said Charlie Kindel, Director, Amazon Alexa
Smart Home. “One of our goals with Alexa is to enable voice control on
every device within the home, and this collaboration gets us one step
closer to achieving that. We can’t wait for our Alexa customers to try
it out.”

Available today, the entire connected
Monogram and GE Appliances suite
, including Café™ and Profile™
products will integrate with all Alexa-enabled devices including Amazon
Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV. There will be more Alexa
functionality coming soon, including the GE Appliances connected window
air conditioners.

About GE Appliances

GE Appliances, a Haier company, makes moments that matter for our owners
through our passion for making great appliances and providing
unparalleled services. We make with our hands, heads and hearts. We make
with integrity, inventiveness and ingenuity. For more than 125 years, we
have been creating a legacy of invention—we’ve electrified and
modernized life, bringing convenience and fun to kitchens. GE Appliances
products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers,
washers, dryers, air conditioners, water filtration systems and water
heaters. For more information on GE Appliances, visit www.geappliances.com.

Contacts

GE Appliances
Kim Freeman, 502-452-7819
kim_freeman@ge.com