Welcome to 2017, where Alexa even made its way into a fridge

Welcome to 2017, where Alexa even made its way into a fridge

Okay, try not to get too excited: LG today unveiled a smart fridge at a big event ahead of CES in Las Vegas. It has a big touch screen and lets you control a whole host of things — which is fine . However, the most interesting part here is that the fridge is integrated, along with a whole host of other devices this year, with Alexa. With that, users can tap into Alexa to order food from their fridge. Sounds like a fair enough idea — you’re out of baking soda and you need more, so why not tell your fridge to order some baking soda. But this is part of a much, much bigger trend at CES this year. Amazon is trying to get Alexa, its voice-powered assistant, into everything . Lenovo has its own Alexa speaker. GE put it in a weird lamp. The point is, Amazon is ready to get this thing into the hands of developers everywhere and just maybe have complete ownership of the voice-controlled interface within a home. We haven’t even gotten onto the CES show floor proper — where we’ll probably see a ton of weird places where Alexa pops up — and it’s already proving to be one of the biggest movements here. Whether that’s getting Siri in your ear, using Google Assistant on your phone or talking to Alexa in your living room, it’s clear that companies have acknowledged that voice-powered interfaces are going to be the next-generation interface. Amazon has flubbed at hardware before, but it seems to have sparked a new wave of technology with the Echo. And opening up that voice-powered technology to third parties lets everyone else figure out the best new use cases for Alexa, while Amazon focuses on the core technology. Then, with […]