The microwave oven runs below Linux below Rockchip RK3308 for voice management – CNX software program


Linux is everywhere, even on Mars, but if there was one home appliance that I didn’t expect the open source operating system to find, it would have been the microwave oven. Farberware thinks differently, however, and launched the FM11VABK microwave oven on Linux on a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor to use Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree voice stack for voice assistant functions in the Linux microwave oven.

I don’t think I need to go through the full specifications of the 1,100 watt microwave oven, and I’ll focus on the voice assistant instead. People worried about connecting everything to the internet will be happy to know that Farberware FM11VABK does not require an internet connection or a mobile app to control it. Everything is processed locally by TrulyHandsfree technology, without compromising privacy and with shorter response times.

Sensory offers its “Custom Domain-Specific Voice Assistant” service to all manufacturers of household appliances, vehicle infotainment systems, set-top boxes, home automation, industrial and corporate applications as well as developers of mobile apps. In this way, they can train the words and phrases required for a specific product with up to 150 supported voice commands.

The video below is a demo of a voice assistant using a prototype microwave oven that was shot a few years ago.

With voice commands starting with the wake-up word “Voice genie” the user can open the microwave door, set the time, configure the microwave for certain types of food, etc. Unfortunately it is not possible to close the door … I think it would be possible to implement them, but the cost would be much higher if a motor controls the door. The main benefit of having a voice-controlled microwave oven is likely to save you a few seconds of time every day.

If you’re looking to add another Linux device to your collection, the Farberware FM11VABK Linux Microwave Oven sells on Amazon for $ 249.99. However, the only user review on Amazon mentions that it is $ 50 cheaper at Walmart.

About LinuxGizmos.

Jean-Luc started CNX Software part-time in 2010 before quitting his job as a software engineering manager and later in 2011, he started writing daily news and reviews.

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