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Cortana is already doing stuff around the house, controlling the lights, what’s next?

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Cortana is already doing stuff around the house, controlling the lights, what’s next?
With the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 at Microsoft Build 2014 came the formal introduction of Cortana, the digital assistant for Windows Phone that is more than just a basic task handler.

While Cortana will be in beta once Windows Phone 8.1 sees commercial release, Microsoft is already encouraging developers to build applications to integrate with the natural language interface of Cortana. One developer, Matt Cavanagh, from South Africa, has been busy integrating Cortana with home automation tasks.

The fact that Cortana is “only” turning on or off a lamp is not the really cool part. The really cool part is how Cortana is able to execute the task through a non-traditional command, “Cortana, it’s a bit too dim in here.” Cortana then turns on the desk lamp. When Matt changes his mind, “Cortana, it’s a bit too bright in here,” Cortana snaps the light off.

The Windows Phone is connected via Bluetooth to a Netduino, which is an open-source electronics prototyping platform that operates on the .NET Micro Framework. With this basic framework, Matt is already able to program these tasks with Cortana.

Given that, full featured, advanced home-automation integration is not far behind. Expect to see natural language integration to control the lights, thermostat, door locks, and more. Cortana already has the scale to execute location based tasks. So, if we forget to turn something off when we leave the house, Cortana will be able to do that for us.

Once refrigerators see more automation, and can scan things inside like milk and cheese, we will be able to ask Cortana if we need to go to the store rather than asking to remind us. The step beyond that will be Cortana proactively telling us if our food is going bad before we get home in the first place.

What do you hope Cortana will be able to do for you?



source: RogueCode

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posted on 18 Apr 2014, 23:02 5

2. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Google Now was doing this 2years ago.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 23:09 8

3. draconic1991 (Posts: 130; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Where? Could u give me the link..

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 23:11 12

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1375; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Armando Ferreira, Youtube.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 23:25 1

6. wilsong17 (Posts: 865; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Armando real time l I Iive detail

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 00:34 3

15. xfire99 (Posts: 476; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjTj0ymhbBw

http://www.androidpit.com/using-google-now-for-home-automation

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 17:06

141. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


You have to root your phone and buy the tasker app to be able to do that. It seems the WP phone can just do this with the proper know how. Even still I will be looking into doing those things with my Note 3.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 23:42 7

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 1524; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


TellMe that has been in windows phone before Cortana could do this as well. It all just depends on the app you make and the code you program for. Hell technically this could have been done before android.

Point being is Cortana has been out for just a few weeks and this is already being done, which is nice.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 23:24 6

5. wilsong17 (Posts: 865; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


OK Google shut down cortana

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 04:09 4

27. Akfred (Posts: 72; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Nope I won't do that cos she's my wife and I gave her
The courage to be more smarter than I am. Cortana
Pls do some more magic I will be learning from ur new
Tricks . Google now

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 23:42 4

9. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


Meh still not good enough

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 00:17 3

12. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Cortana isn't going to flirt with you. But NSA might.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 06:20 6

39. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1979; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Still better than S(h*t) Voice!

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 06:46 7

44. papss (unregistered)


Why? Because it's not android? As far as I can see you didn't contribute anything to this conversation making you a pathetic trolls.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 10:06 5

85. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


Same thing apply to you mate

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 06:49 2

45. papss (unregistered)


Why? Because it's not android? As far as I can see you didn't contribute anything to this conversation making you a pathetic trolls.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 18:31

142. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 199; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


It's been out for less than a week with a beta tag. Lol

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 00:05

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


#lazinessAtItsBest.
#DamnYouIoT

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 14:20 1

136. bon24x7 (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Google Now...change profile from limited to unlimited..

ROFL

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 00:47 6

16. ZeroCide (Posts: 687; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Cortana FTW!

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 01:11 5

17. Liveitup (Posts: 1174; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Cortana is able to learn and adapt like no other Virtual assistant can, thanks to Santori.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 04:56 8

32. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1979; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


...And the jealous haters just popped up again on an WP article.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 15:08 2

140. sip1995 (Posts: 801; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Agreed

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 05:25 5

34. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


While Android has been able to do this since forever, I think everyone can agree that the only loser in this scenario is iOS :P

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 06:17 5

37. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1979; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Android has been able to do this since 2012, not forever. Don't state wrong facts bro. And even Google Now was released after Siri. So please....

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 20:33

143. elitewolverine (Posts: 1524; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Technically, tell me now, was able to do this as well...

I don't think siri really cares they are two different styles, google now trys to predict with 3rd party apps using voice api, siri does what you tell it (as well as google) but in the end two different styles. Cortana is like a good marriage between the two, so far it has been fun.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 11:15 3

95. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Wonder how how long it would take for PA to ban me if I do the same what these idiots are doing on Android articles!

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 15:07

139. sip1995 (Posts: 801; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Like what ? Do it...i promise, I won't report you :)

posted on 20 Apr 2014, 03:27

144. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Like spreading untrue, negative comments

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 13:31 4

132. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


There's more android articles with Sip, Nokiaftw and there associates active in them then any other.
But it seems it okbto trash android but not have a fair opinion of WP.

We all know it an see it everyday.
Heck Nokiaftw says he hates android, asks for help with his in general comments of a news site instead of forums, then goes on to state today, he's going to buy a Moto because its cheap.
That seems to be quite common amongst you WP fans, charades.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 14:52 2

137. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1979; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I stated it before, I'll say it again to an ignorant troll like you. I DON'T LIKE ANDROID. I said I'll pick up a Moto E cuz of its 6mm thinness and low price. I probably even wont use it much and I might give it away to my sister after a week or so. So stop worrying about us WP fans and concentrate on the behavior of you and fandroid troll friends.

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 15:05 2

138. sip1995 (Posts: 801; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Hey, what happened here ? I couldn't let the nexus guy trolling around like nothing happened.

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