When I first saw the teaser for an Alexa enabled microwave, I really didn’t give it a second thought. I mean… it can do a lot, but it can’t get stuff out the fridge and put them in the oven so why bother?
Well… in my case… I needed a microwave oven. A small footprint, 700-watt little beast to put in my backyard studio on top of an equally small fridge. An Echo Dot was within a couple of feet of the thing.
Then came the clincher… it was only $60 US. I’ve spent more on parking at airports than the cost of this oven. Integrating Alexa would not have been enough to sell me a new oven had I not needed one. In this case, it was just enough to tip the balance to Amazon’s coffers.
So here we are… a couple of weeks later and the Alexa microwave has taken nicely to my kitchen. That’s right… my kitchen. At least until I can see if they are making a bigger one because all Alexa enabled devices are the equivalent of digital crack and now that I’ve had a little taste… I’m not going back to those primitive keypads.
I really don’t care so much about the keypads… that is just an excuse.
I like… no… LOVE the convenience of plopping something into the microwave and be instantly off another chore while ordering “Alexa… microwave two minutes” and the oven takes off like the omnipotent hand of Jeff Bezos were at work.
Yes… I KNOW it’s not saving much effort.
Yes… I KNOW this is terribly geeky to the nth degree.
Yes… I KNOW people will point fingers and whisper he can’t even be bothered to punch buttons on a microwave anymore!
And… I don’t care. I just want my Alexa enabled home to continue to grow.
Contrary to what some of you believe I am not an early adopter of home automation. In fact, it really was not on my radar at all. That is until something like this comes up. Just enough technology and a real-world need for the underlying product.
I admit to having multiple Echo Dots in my house and studio. My original Echo still sits enshrined in its place of honor on my nightstand where I can no longer be bothered to turn on the radio or the lights when a simple utterance will suffice.
This, of course, means I have smart plugs in my home which control these devices. No… I wasn’t an early adopter but I’m getting onboard fast.
And cheap. At least compared to regular pricing as all of my purchases have come during specials of some sort. The same for my multiple Fire TV Sticks. All bought on the cheap, with reduced pricing and now near indispensable to me.
I’ve also bit on the Blink camera system this holiday shopping season. Taking advantage of another Amazon special that provides my perimeter with three exterior cameras and a wireless module for a fraction of the cost of my hardwired camera system.
If the Blink cameras gain the ability to talk to Alexa, then so much the better as it all makes for an effective and budget-minded smart home or office.
And for those that have a burning desire to ask… No… I did not have a Clapper back in the day, but I sure did enjoy using them to torment their owners.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.