Amazon's Alexa poised for home takeover with new suite of integrations

Amazon's Alexa poised for home takeover with new suite of integrations

Amazon's Alexa poised for home takeover with new suite of integrations

Lenovo Smart Assistant has been composed in association with Amazon.

The integration of AI assistants from both Google and Amazon into devices and cars has been a running sub-theme at CES. This means these appliances will be created to respond to voice requests for tasks like pausing and starting a load of laundry, asking for the time remaining on a wash cycle, adjusting the cooking mode on a smart oven, and turning on maximum cool settings for refrigerators among other commands.

This year, Ford will integrate Amazon's Alexa with its Sync 3 infotainment system, letting drivers search for destinations and access other services. The announcement was made at the CES show underway in Las Vegas.

Steve Rabuchin, vice president for Amazon Alexa, said the USA firm was "excited to work with an innovative company such as Lenovo to bring the Lenovo Smart Assistant with Alexa to customers this spring". Alexa will essentially do everything for you, ensuring that remote controllers become a thing of the past in the near future.

Amazon has a "monster hit" on its hands with its artificial intelligence personal assistant Alexa, and it's only going to get better, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney told CNBC on Wednesday.

At the end of past year, Amazon announced that Alexa helped them break their sales records. The Smart Assistant will be powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 processor that includes a 5-watt tweeter and one 10-watt woofer for its audio playback which will be compatible with the Alexa app and other third-party smart home devices.

From inside their home, a driver will say, "Alexa, ask MyFord Mobile to start my auto". Alexa will also be able to gain more popularity through this integration. They'll be joined by the $139.99 Lenovo Smart Storage device. Even before LG's Alexa-enabled fridge, Amazon already was partnering with appliance makers on machines with limited automated ordering capabilities (or at least button-powered ordering) through its Amazon Dash program.

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