Epson Makes Voice Printing a Thing with Alexa-Enabled Printers
In a somewhat unique statement, Epson announced that a number of its printers are now compatible with Amazon Alexa, making voice-activated printing a real thing in 2018. According to the statement emailed to Dealerscope, all EcoTank, WorkForce, and Expression printers that support the Epson Connect platform can now be controlled via voice and the new Amazon Alexa printer skill.
The new skill will give Amazon account holders a simple and convenient way to deliver voice commands like, “Alexa, ask Epson printer to print…,” and have a variety of different documents automatically printed. That phrase can be completed with things like a shopping or to-do list, craft items, calendars, and more, using Amazon’s cloud-based voice service.
Additionally, the Skill Connections feature (which helps link multiple skills and services together) will make it possible to print from other select Alexa skills, such as Allrecipes.com.
“In the ever-expanding world of IoT, Epson voice-activated printing is another way to increase productivity and connectivity, ensuring the latest technologies work together effortlessly to benefit our customers’ busy lives,” Jack Rieger, senior product manager of software and user experience, Epson America, said in the statement. “With the Epson printer skill, we’ve made printing as easy as having a conversation. Voice-activated printing is the next smart convenience in today’s smart home.”
The printer skill is available in the Amazon Alexa skill store now, and can be used immediately. A simple “Alexa, open Epson Printer” command is all that’s needed to begin setup once the skill is downloaded. More info on voice-activated printing can be found here.
The company did acknowledge that it is working on adding support for multiple voice assistants, which should be available in early 2019.