INSTEON Announces Integration with Microsoft's Personal Digital Assistant, Cortana
INSTEON Windows 8.1 Phone App Employs Cortana to Enhance Life in the Connected Home
July 16, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. – INSTEON, creators of the world’s best-selling home automation and control technology, today announced that it is continuing to augment the capabilities of its Windows 8.1 Phone app by integrating Cortana. Microsoft’s proactive digital assistant will enable users to control INSTEON smart products and monitor the home by just speaking to Cortana, making life in the connected home easier than ever. This news comes soon after INSTEON announced availability of its products in Microsoft retail stores across the U.S.
“Cortana was designed with a simple purpose in mind: To make the user’s life easier,”said Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and Chief Evangelist, Developer Experience and evangelism, Microsoft Corp. “INSTEON utilizes Cortana’s personal assistant features so that users will be able to enjoy even more conveniences by just asking Cortana, ‘INSTEON, turn on my Kitchen Lights.’”
Cortana is Microsoft’s intelligent assistant that uses natural language understanding and text to respond to users’ inquiries, launch applications and set/send reminders. The all-new digital assistant also offers proactive suggestions, providing useful recommendations as she gets to know each unique user. Integrating Cortana with INSTEON products will enable users to accomplish a variety of tasks by simply speaking to Cortana.
For example, users can:
• Ask Cortana to dim the lights for movie time based on specially created scenes
- “INSTEON, turn on ‘Movie Time.”
• Instruct the thermostat to reduce the temperature to ensure that the house is cool upon returning home from work
- “INSTEON, adjust ‘Living Room Thermostat’ temperature down.”
• Tell Cortana that you’re ready for bed
- “INSTEON, turn off all of the lights.”
“Using Cortana to control our products is the next logical step as our relationship with Microsoft continues to evolve,” said Joe Dada, CEO, INSTEON. “Our long-term goal is to give users complete autonomy over their homes and smart products. Adding a voice-driven, personal assistant into the mix is just another way that we can make people’s lives easier.”
Cortana will be available in the INSTEON Windows Phone app later this year.
INSTEON’s reliable dual-band technology uses both the existing wires (power line) in the home and radio-frequency (RF) communication instead of relying on spotty Wi-Fi connections and routers, which dictate where smart devices must be placed to work properly. By making every networked device talk to each other via RF and the power line, INSTEON eliminates the need for custom wiring and ensures that every device is always connected. Adding remote control and automation to everything from home monitoring to lighting, INSTEON’s dual-band network and devices allow users to manage the home or office in more variations than any other home automation technology.
For more information about INSTEON®, please visit www.insteon.com.
INSTEON is the best selling Home Area Networking (HAN) technology on the market. It is the only mesh network capable of utilizing two independent means of communication, RF and powerline thus also making it the most reliable technology. With over 200 products on the market, INSTEON makes it is easy to link together home systems such as lighting, security, HVAC (comfort control), A/V, appliances, and sensors, allowing them to be controlled or monitored from anywhere in the world.
Founded in 1992, SmartLabs, Inc. is an integrated technology company in the Home Area Networking (HAN) and Building Automation System (BAS) markets. SmartLabs is organized into three divisions: SmartLabs Technology, the pioneering architects of INSTEON wireless HAN technology; SmartLabs Design, which designs and develops Smarthome® products; and Smarthome Direct, which sells its own, as well as, third-party products to consumers via its award-winning website - Smarthome.com, through their direct mail catalog and via their brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.
For more information:
Scott Holder, 949-252-6962