You Will Soon be Able to Control Home Appliances with Cortana

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

It looks like Microsoft wants to become a part of many aspects of our everyday lives. After presenting Cortana car integration a few days ago, at this year’s CES, Microsoft partnered with Samsung to announce that Cortana will be integrated with home appliances.

At the common presentation, Microsoft and Samsung showed a washing machine that was powered by Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana. Washing machines aren’t only home appliances that should work with Cortana, as we expect to see refrigerators, cooking ovens, and TVs with Windows 10 integration. This is a part of companies’ Internet of Things push, and could represent a big revolution in home technology.

Two companies presented the work of a new technology by asking Cortana to display the last activity on the washing machine, in order to find out the family members who used it.

“We’re excited about today’s devices and we’re also inspired about the potential of tomorrow. Along with Samsung, we share a common vision for millions and millions of devices and Things all communicating together using open protocols and standards within inclusive ecosystems, inspiring the creativity of software developers, device manufacturers, and rising star Makers around the world,” Terry Myerson, head of the OS group at Microsoft, said.

Having a home controlled by voice is certainly a big thing, and it feels like some futuristic prediction from the movies, but it raises some privacy concerns for those who want to control their whole house with Cortana, because Microsoft will know everything you’re doing.

What do you think about this revolutionary innovation? Would you like to just order a breakfast from Cortana, or tell it to wash your clothes? Are you concerned about the privacy in the system like this? Tell us in the comments.

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