Amazon Creating New Technology

CBJ — Amazon has plans to develop technology that will handle the most basic of tasks to be controlled by voice, for such appliances as microwave ovens or setting a wall clock.

The trillion-dollar company wants to place its Alexa voice assistant everywhere its customers are.

Among the new products: an Amazon-branded microwave that connects with Amazon’s Echo devices and can be told to defrost peas or reheat coffee; a wall clock that displays timers and alarms set through an Echo; and a new Echo for cars that plugs into most vehicles and can be asked to play podcasts, give driving directions or make a call.