Cloud connectivity is not an area of concern for most printers, and there aren’t many people trying to control their printers with cloud services. However, Amazon has now released an update to Alexa that allows it to connect to printers, so you can use voice commands to control them.
To get started, simply ask “Alexa, discover my printer” or add a printer device in the Alexa mobile app. Some models from HP, Brother, Canon and Epson are already supported, with more on the way. Once the printer is connected, you can print documents such as shopping / to-do lists, Sudoku puzzles, coloring pages, graph paper, lined paper, and test pages.
Nothing revolutionary, but it can save time compared to a web search for a graph paper template.
As with most Alexa services, the main focus here is to increase revenue – adding the printer to Alexa will also send low link alerts to Amazon, which makes it easier to order overrides. There is also an option to allow Amazon to automatically order ink cartridges at a 10% discount before the printer runs out.