Digital assistants – plural.

Siri, Alexa, Google Home/Now, Cortana… One thing none of those links gave you was the ability to use the assistant from your web-browser. You have to install the right app for a specific ecosystem on specific hardware :(

A family household is likely to be a complicated device-ecosystem, a typical house is going to have TVs, computers or laptops, tablets or pads, phones, music and/or game systems.

I want you to try role-playing this scenario, ideally sitting down.

You have a household assistant, you can ask it who is at the door, get it to place phone/skype calls, change the tv channels, play music… You just have to say “Hey house” and the command you want.

Ok. It’s cold. Ask the house to “turn up the heat”.

“Hey house: turn up the heat”.

Great. The room starts to warm up.

Now, you can go back to reading on your tablet/laptop/phone this great news that your bank noticed it hasn’t been paying you interest and you’ll see a $1,000 deposit from them in your account tomorrow. There has to be a catch, or some small print, right? But it’s a bit dark and you can’t read the screen. There are no brightness controls on this thing, you have to ask the house to raise the brightness on the display.

Go ahead. Ask.