If you have already set up an Amazon Echo, Dot, or other Alexa Voice Service device, you can easily enable it to control Joule with just your voice! This is incredibly handy when you have sticky hands, are busy helping the kids with homework, or just don’t feel like getting up off the couch.
Here’s how to set it up: Open the Amazon Alexa app and tap on the menu in the upper left corner. Choose “Skills” from the drop-down options, then type “Joule” into the search bar. Select the skill titled “Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps,” then tap “Enable Skill.” You will then be directed to the ChefSteps sign-in screen. Sign in to your account, and you are good to go.
Once the skill is enabled, make sure Joule is connected to WiFi and ready to cook (plugged in, in a pot of water). Say: “Alexa, open Joule.” From here, you can ask Alexa to set the water to a certain temperature. Try saying: “Alexa, ask Joule to heat water to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.” If you change your mind about the temperature at which you want to cook, say: “Alexa, ask Joule to change the temperature to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.” If you want Joule to stop cooking, say: “Alexa, tell Joule to stop.” Say “Alexa, open Joule” whenever you want to check in on the status of a cook.
Don’t have an Amazon Echo or Dot? You can also control Joule with Facebook Messenger. Here’s how.