To expand into the booming home automation market, Microsoft has announced that the company’s digital assistant Cortana will now support more home devices and integratation with IFTTT – a free web-based platform that lets the users connect their apps and services together.
Cortana now supports devices from ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, LIFX, TP-Link Kasa and Geeni. Cortana running on Windows 10 Operating System (OS), iPhone, Android and the Harman Kardon Invoke speakers can be used to control these devices.
The company wrote in a blog on Friday, “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 colours from your LIFX Wi-Fi connected light bulbs, you can set the mood just right for movie night.”
To set up their connected home with the digital assistant, users need to open Cortana on Windows 10 or go to the Cortana app on their phone, click Notebook and then select Connected Home.
“From there, you can connect your favourite smart home accounts and control your devices from anywhere you use Cortana,” the post added. The tech giant also announced Cortana’s support for IFTTT. IFTTT (If This Then That) is both a website and a mobile app that was launched in 2010.
“Using IFTTT, you will be able to customise your experience by creating your own phrases to use with services on IFTTT. You can also use Applets on IFTTT with Cortana to trigger multiple actions with one phrase,” Microsoft said.