GE's new Alexa-compatible microwave starts cooking with a quick scan

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GE's new microwave cooks with a scan
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When you're in college, you're way too busy with studying, parties, relationships, midterms and crippling debt to invest in good food. So this back-to-school season, GE has got you a wonderful present: The GE Smart Countertop Microwave with Scan-to-Cook technology is a microwave that starts cooking with a quick scan from your smartphone.

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You simply open up the GE Appliances Kitchen app, scan the barcode of whatever hot pocket or two-minute noodles you're craving and boom - the microwave will start cooking the food or beverage's to its exact instructions.

That's right, you won't have to worry about navigating the sometimes convoluted microwave controls, and GE says it has 3,000 meals stored. No need to worry about defrosting or preset controls or just saying "screw it all" and using the timer. Just scan and cook. Better, this microwave is also compatible with Alexa.

You can say things like "Alexa, add 30 seconds to the microwave" or "Alexa, stop the microwave" should you be too in the weeds studying or hungover to get up. As for the non-smart features, there are seven pre-programmed modes, which include popcorn, beverage, dinner plate, pizza, potato, reheat and vegetable.

The microwave is available on Amazon now for $139.99, but GE is also debuting a deal post-Amazon Prime Day on 18 July. You'll get the microwave and an Echo Dot for $125, saving you $65.

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