Amazon is coming out with more Alexa-powered devices, with plans to release at least 8 new voice-controlled hardware devices before the end of the year.
The devices include a microwave oven, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget. All of the devices will be Alexa-enabled. Some of the devices will also have Alexa built in.
Amazon is expected to reveal some of these devices at an event later this month, according to CNBC.
These products mark Amazon’s first move into the home appliances space, putting it in direct competition with companies like Sonos and GE. Sonos already has an amplifier and subwoofer that works with Alexa, while GE has a smart microwave that can be connected to and controlled with Alexa. Garmin also has an Alexa-compatible dash cam that can be used in the car.
The move signifies Amazon’s heavy interest in the connected home. The amplifier, for example, can be used as the central audio panel to control multiple speakers that are set up across the home. The microwave can make Alexa a key part of the kitchen.
Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the smart doorbell maker Ring, which also makes devices that are compatible with Alexa. The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg.