Home Automation demoed using Cortana by Internet of Things Company

Hackers at Onion.io have demonstrated using Cortana, the Digital Assistant in Windows Phone 8.1, to control appliances like lights or even print.

The feat relies on a cloud back-end for Internet of Things Appliances and the unique extensibility of Cortana, a feature not available on other platforms.

For simply switching lights on and off I suspect the application is an overkill, but I think with a bit more intelligence we could see a real application in managing an energy efficient home very simply.