INSTEON Windows 8.1 Phone App Now Available with Microsoft Cortana to Control the Connected Home through Voice Commands
September 25, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. -INSTEON®, creators of the world’s best-selling home automation and control technology, today announced that the INSTEON Windows 8.1 Phone app featuring Cortana, Microsoft’s proactive digital assistant, is now available to consumers to control and monitor their homes via voice commands. The INSTEON Windows 8.1 Phone app is available for download here.
“The availability of voice interaction capabilities is a major development in the evolution of the home automation industry,” said Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President & Chief Evangelist for Microsoft. “In recent years, consumers have become increasingly accustomed to voice-activated commands on their smart phones. Bringing Microsoft Cortana voice interaction capabilities to the popular INSTEON line of products opens up a whole new world of connected home engagement and use cases that will enhance our lives.”
With Cortana, INSTEON users will be able to accomplish a variety of tasks by simply speaking to their Windows phone, such as turning lights on and off or dimming them, locking and unlocking doors, opening and closing a garage door, adjusting the thermostat, and more, all while inside the home or from anywhere in the world.
With Cortana’s proactive capabilities, a user could say, “INSTEON, it’s hot in here.” Cortana will respond, “Nobody likes being hot, want to adjust your thermostat?” and thermostat controls would appear on your phone.
Users can also activate scenes involving several commands that they’ve selected, such as saying “INSTEON, leaving the house” that would turn off lights, lock doors and turn down the thermostat when you leave for the day.
“The combination of Cortana voice interaction with the INSTEON network of products will make consumers’ lives more convenient, safe and fun,” said Joe Dada, CEO, INSTEON. “Our collaboration with Microsoft demonstrates their keen interest in the home automation space as well as our strategy of working with the most forward-looking brands in the consumer electronics industry.”
INSTEON Windows 8.1 Phone app come with other exclusive features designed with Windows users in mind, making controlling and monitoring the home simple and easy, including.
Visitor Mode – provides restricted access to children or guests in your home
Enhanced Camera Support – view multiple cameras at once, view full-screen, and camera support without the need of an INSTEON Hub
Multi-House Support – enables you to control multiple homes or businesses from a single account
Dashboard View – a quick and organized view of the status of your home
INSTEON connected home devices are currently available in Microsoft retail stores nationwide as well as on MicrosoftStore.com. INSTEON products are also available from a number of other national retailers, both online and in-store. For a complete list of retailers, please visit http://www.insteon.com/wheretobuy.html
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