‘Shortcut’ App Brings Smartphone Voice Control to your Smart Home
‘Shortcut’ is a new smart home app just launched this month that allows you to control a variety of home automation systems with your voice.
In addition to voice commands you can use the app’s touchscreen interface if you prefer. Shortcut will also learn how you control your home too, in order to offer you the right shortcut at the right time…
You can also use the smart touch interface. Shortcut intelligently learns what you want to do and when you need it. After a few days, it will start bringing you the right shortcut at just the right time. The more you use Shortcut, the smarter it will be.
At launch Shortcut already integrates with Nest, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Dropcam, SmartThings, Foursquare and Dwolla. The company says they are working to build support for many other systems, employing existing API’s where available and negotiating links where they’re not.
Shortcut intends to become a universal “action” voice command center for the wide universe of devices and apps pre-embedded with Shortcut, or connected with Shortcut through its API/SDK. For app developers and hardware manufacturers, Shortcut presents clear value in improving the user experience and providing universal next-generation voice control features, thus rendering arduous in-house development of purpose-built voice-command systems unnecessary.
The Shortcut app is available now in the Google Play Store for Android devices, and for Google Glass here. An iOS version for iPhone should be available in around a months time.