In a bid to expand into one of the growing home automation markets, Microsoft’s Artificial intelligence assistant Cortana will now support more smart home devices and integrate with the program of IFTTT – a free web-based platform that helps the users to simply connect their application and services with each other, company has announced in a report.
Cortana now supports and handle devices from ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, LIFX, TP-Link Kasa and Geeni. Cortana in today’s world is running on Windows 10 Operating System (OS), iPhone, Android, and the Harman Kardon Invoke speakers, which can be used to control these devices.
“Say ‘Hey Cortana, set the living room thermostat to 72 degrees’ to control your ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, or Honeywell Total Connect Comfort thermostat. With vivid colors from your LIFX Wi-Fi connected light bulbs, you can set the mood just right for movie night,” the company wrote in a blog post late on Friday.
To set up their connected home with the digital assistant, all is users need to do is to open Cortana on Windows 10 or go to the Cortana application on their smartphone, simply click on Notebook and then click on Connected Home.
“From there, the user can connect their favorite smart home accounts and control their devices from anywhere by simply using the Cortana,” Satya Nadella said. The tech giant also announced the support of Cortana’s with IFTTT.
IFTTT which means (If This Then That) is both a website and a mobile app that was launched in the year 2010. “Using IFTTT, the user will be able to customize their sort of experience by creating their phrases to use with services on IFTTT. With it, the user can also use Applets on IFTTT with Cortana to trigger multiple actions with one phrase,” Microsoft said.