• Kade Godwin

Amazon to release new smart-home tech

The tech giant Amazon officially announced that it will release at least eight new Alexa-integrated smart home devices before the end of 2018.

Five of the eight upcoming items include a microwave, an amplifier, television receiver, sub-woofer, and an in-car gadget.

The microwave is the first item slated to release. It is available for pre-order now and will be available for regular purchase on Nov. 14, 2018.

All items will have the ability to take orders given to them through Amazon's virtual voice assistant, Alexa. The microwave, for example, will have normal presets; however, there is a built-in "Ask Alexa" button that responds to any voice commands when pressed.

According to Fox News, Amazon says it has also integrated the Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) into the microwave; if it starts to run low on popcorn or another microwaveable item that you have selected through the app, DRS will automatically order the food item through Amazon, and it will then be delivered directly to your home.

These products are Amazon's first to focus on smart-home technology which puts them in direct competition with other tech companies like Sonos and GE.

"We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement this past July. "There are now tens of thousands of developers across more than 150 countries building new devices using the Alexa Voice Service, and the number of Alexa-enabled devices has more than tripled in the past year."

Details on the other smart-home devices are expected to be revealed at later press events.