Heads up, college students. GE wants to eliminate a chore from your life: reading the directions on frozen foods.
The company has a new Alexa-powered microwave with a "scan-to-cook" feature designed to help you more easily heat that frozen pizza, burrito, or mac and cheese to perfection. Using the GE Appliances Kitchen app, you scan the barcode on your food packaging. The app then sends your microwave "exact instructions for cooking times and power levels," GE wrote in a news release.
No need to read the instructions or mess around with your microwave's power level. The stainless steel GE Smart Countertop Microwave comes preprogrammed with more than 3,000 frozen, refrigerated, and self-stable foods.
"GE Appliances' research shows consumers don't use the full capabilities of their microwaves and stick to a few buttons and Time Cook," Shawn Stover, vice president of GE Appliances' SmartHome Solutions team, said in a statement. "With our new GE microwave scan-to-cook technology, your son or daughter can head off to college and cook food with the help of their phone instead of relying on mom."
"Hands covered in flour? Just say, 'Alexa, add 30 seconds to the microwave,'" GE wrote. "See oatmeal boiling over from across the room? 'Alexa, stop the microwave!'"
The GE Smart Countertop Microwave costs $139. Starting tomorrow for a limited time, GE will be offering a bundle that includes the microwave and an Echo Dot for $154.98. Echo Dot normally costs $50.