The microwave oven was once the apex of technological development, really almost on par with putting a person on the moon. The control keypads on the ovens were supposed to be one of the things that made them so cool, allowing users to defrost, cook, reheat for any length of time all at the touch of a few buttons.
Yet, in the age of voice activation and instant gratification, keypads have become cumbersome. Whirlpool isn’t the only appliance maker interested in Alexa-powered cooking capabilities. The blog post also stated that GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG and Samsung are starting to work with the cooking capabilities in the Smart Home Skill API, too.