Own a HP Printer? You can now use Alexa to get stuff printed

HP introduced the capability to control your printers using Virtual Assistant last year with Cortana and Google Assistant. Now it looks like the company is rolling out the support for Alexa as well. Starting this week, Alexa enabled devices will be able to connect to HP Printers and follow through a number of commands.

To set up HP Printers with Alexa enabled devices, users need to follow a series of steps which include obtaining the printer’s email address and enabling the HP Printer skill on Alexa devices. You can check out the full guide on HP’s support page here.

Integrating voice into the home printer is an undeniably useful application of the technology. 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.

– Anneliese Olson, Head of Home Printing, HP

It may be difficult to see how connecting a digital assistant to your printer could be useful, but hopefully HP’s examples would be helpful.

Users could ask Alexa to print:

  • Shopping list: “Alexa, ask my printer to print my shopping list.”
  • To-do list: “Alexa, ask my printer to print my To-do list.”
  • Crayola coloring pages: “Alexa, ask my printer to print a Crayola coloring page.”
  • Art therapy coloring pages: “Alexa, ask my printer to print art therapy.”
  • Sudoku: “Alexa, ask my printer to print Sudoku.”
  • Word Search: “Alexa, ask my printer to print a word search game.”
  • Bingo: “Alexa, ask my printer to print two Bingo cards.”
  • Notebook paper: “Alexa, ask my printer to print notebook paper.”
  • Checklists: “Alexa, ask my printer to print a one-column checklist.”
  • Calendar: “Alexa, ask my printer to print a calendar.”

HP’s step towards using Virtual Assistants is truly something to appreciate in the long run as we move towards a smarter home and office. We hope more and more brands can use the power of Virtual Assistants to make daily jobs smarter and easier.

Via: Engadget

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