‘Print My Calendar:’ HP Introduces Voice-Activated Printing

Yesterday, HP Inc. became the first company to introduce voice-activated printing, rolling out voice support for its Web-enabled printers via a skill for Amazon AlexaGoogle Assistant and Microsoft Cortana.

Using voice commands, users can ask their HP printer to print a shopping list, their children’s weekly sports calendar, a sheet of graph paper, a Sudoku puzzle, a blank coloring page, and more. 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 it plans 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 toward a fully voice-responsive home office or business. HP’s Olson predicts that in the future, voice commands will be integrated directly into printers without the need for an intermediary speaker device.


That would mean manual tasks, such as onboarding a new printer to your home network, checking the levels of ink or changing the print settings, would be streamlined with a simple voice command such as  “Print three copies,” “Am I low on black ink?”.

HP also says that, in the future, voice services will become more proactive, using local sensors and cloud artificial intelligence to 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.

To learn more about HP Voice-Activated Printing, visit HP here and here.

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