Sharp Corp. will launch a talking microwave oven on Aug. 23, a product it says will not only utter words of encouragement, but offer cooking tips as well. The microwave will offer helpful advice such as, “Add mayonnaise as a final touch to improve the taste,” it has been learned.
The electronics manufacturer used to be known for its liquid crystal display televisions. However, due to a decline in LCD TV sales, the company is experiencing serious financial difficulties, as evidenced by the closure of some of its factories.
Hoping to profit from products other than TVs, Sharp is stepping up efforts to market home appliances that can talk, using built-in artificial intelligence developed in-house. It hopes consumers will choose its unusual products from the many options available at sales outlets.
In June 2012, Sharp marketed a talking vacuum cleaner. When it is filled with dust, the vacuum complains, “I’m stuffed.”
Here some useful Japanese vocab:
オーブンレンジ: microwave oven
料理（りょうり）のヒント: cooking tip
液晶（えきしょう）テレビ: liquid crystal display television
独自（どくじ）に開発（かいはつ）する: develop in-house
人工知能（じんこうちのう）: artificial intelligence
家電（かでん）: home appliance
洗濯機（せんたくき）: washing machine
空気清浄機（くうきせいじょうき）: air purifier
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