HP Inc. has become the first company to introduce voice-activated printing, rolling out voice support for its web-enabled printers via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana.
Using voice commands, users can ask their HP printer to print an array of documents as there’s different content available for printing on each platform (such as an Amazon shopping list or a Google calendar).
“Integrating voice into the home printer is an undeniably useful application of the technology,” says Anneliese Olson, General Manager and global head of Home Printing at HP Inc.. “For busy families, the virtual assistant ecosystem makes a lot of sense and connecting a printer to it is a natural extension within the smart home.”
HP says they plan to continue creating driving broader content access and universal experiences across voice platforms.
The firm says that working with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft Cortana is only the first step towards fully voice-responsive homes, offices, or businesses. HP’s Olson predicts that in the future, voice commands will be integrated directly into printers without the need for an intermediary speaker devices.
HP also says that in the future, they hope voice services will become more proactive, using local sensors and cloud artificial intelligence can understand users’ intents and needs, and act on their behalf. For example, if the user has a flight booked on their calendar, their printer will be able to automatically print the boarding pass and luggage tags.