“For busy families, connecting a printer to the virtual assistant is a natural extension within the smart home.”
Anneliese Olson, General Manager and Global Head of Home Printing, HP Inc.
The company plans to continue its leadership role by driving broader content access and universal experiences across voice platforms, Olson says. HP is uniquely positioned to leverage its scale around the world to lead in voice-enabled print.
Working with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana is only the first step toward a fully-voice responsive home office or business. Olson predicts that voice commands will, in the future, 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 (think: “Print three copies,” “Am I low on black ink?”).
Also, in the not-so-distant future, voice services will become more proactive, using local sensors and cloud AI to understand users' intents and needs and act on their behalf. For example, if you have a flight booked on your calendar, your printer will be able to automatically print the boarding pass and luggage tags.