There are a lot of apps out there for home control. Most of them require using your hands, though. The latest from Insteon ditches your oversized digits and instead prefers that you convey your wants and needs through Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant.
In other words, the Windows Phone 8.1 app allows users to control and monitor homes via voice commands. That means you can just speak into your phone to turn lights on and off or even dim them, as well as lock the door, adjust the thermostat, and more — from anywhere in the world.
According to Insteon, the app includes “scenes,” which basically means you could tell the app that you’re “leaving the house,” and it would lock doors, turn off lights, and turn down the thermostat. It can even make suggestions when you say something like, “Insteon, it’s hot in here.”
Other features include multi-house support, a visitor mode, the ability to view multiple cameras at once, and much more.
“The availability of voice interaction capabilities is a major development in the evolution of the home automation industry,” said Steven Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president. “Bringing Microsoft Cortana voice interaction capabilities to the popular Insteon line of products opens up a new world of connected home engagement use cases that will enhance our collective customers’ experiences.”
Insteon connected home devices are currently available in Microsoft retail stores and MicrosoftStore.com, as well as through national retailers both in stores and online. The new Insteon app for Windows Phone 8.1 is available now.