GE Will Let You Talk to Your Fridge This Thanksgiving
GE appliances recently announced that they are partnering with Amazon’s Alexa to help people give voice commands to their appliances. This partnership will work with any Wi-Fi connected GE Appliances. This means you can literally ask Alexa to preheat your oven, check when the dishwasher will be done, and request boiling water. This is the closest we’ve ever been to Disney’s Smart House and I am pretty excited about that progress.
All the GE appliances that work with Amazon’s Alexa are called “Geneva.” You are able to give commands to any of these appliances by simply saying “Alexa, ask Geneva when the dishes will be done,” or “Alexa, ask Geneva if the ice maker is full.”
I think this would be particularly great for entertaining, especially for something like Thanksgiving. For example, Alexa is able to connect with Geneva to both preheat the oven for your turkey, and also find out its internal temperature in the middle of cooking. When you’re running around making side dishes, greeting family or friends who decided to come a bit earlier than expected, or refilling someone’s wine glass, I imagine it would be nice to have an extra hand in the kitchen — even if it is technically a robot.