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Does Your Washing Machine Understand You? How to Talk to Appliances - WSJ
Voice-recognition capabilities are gaining ground in the kitchen as multi-tasking cooks appreciate the hands-free convenience of barking orders. GE Appliances last year was the first major appliance manufacturer to launch its own platform, also known as a skill, called Geneva, which is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, among others.

Geneva is accessed via Amazon’s Echo devices or Google Home devices. These devices interact with Wi-Fi communication cards built into the appliances. Users can say “Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat the oven to 350” or “OK Google, ask Geneva Home if my icemaker is full,” and Geneva will complete the job. Other tasks include setting timers, checking how far along the wash or dry cycle is and determining if dishwasher or laundry detergent is running low.

Other major kitchen appliance makers are building their own voice-recognition capabilities, often in collaboration with Amazon and Google, they say.

The intimate, everyday habits of cooking and laundry breed a rich diversity of language across generations, regions and even individual households. “Since these kinds of tasks are usually transferred inside families, there can be pockets that develop where they just have their own terms%2
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Smeg refrigerators and freezers: exuding style | Smeg US
In order to keep your food and drink perfectly fresh, Smeg has developed a considerable number of different refrigerator and freezer models.
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