Conversing with Your Home

The culminating moment of glory has arrived. Speak the command “Time,” and listen for your computer to respond with the current time. Ask it to “play music,” and your computer should respond with “Which artist would you like to listen to?” Respond in kind with an artist in the computer’s iTunes library and select the album from which to start playing. Say “Stop music” when you’re done listening to the music.

Query for unread email in your inbox by asking your computer to “check mail.” Check the computer screen to verify that the computer responds with the correct count and reads the correct email sender and subject lines.

If you have your Android door lock or web-enabled light switch running, say “Unlock door” or ...

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