Back in July, Satechi announced plans to launch the 'Cortana Button', a standalone Bluetooth device that offers access to Microsoft's digital assistant on Windows 10 devices, at the touch of a wireless button. Some wondered if the device might ever make it to market - but the doubters have been proved wrong, as it's available to buy now.
The Cortana Button offers an alternative to the Hey Cortana feature, which actively listens for users to call out the prompt 'Hey Cortana' to begin voice interactions, and adds to battery drain on mobile devices. The new accessory instead connects to a device via Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy), with a range of up to 40 feet, and when you need to interact with Cortana, you simply push the button, opening the assistant on the Windows 10 phone or PC.
Satechi says you can:
Attach the button to your keychain, steering wheel, or dashboard to safely and conveniently access your smartphone or tablet when it's out of reach. Access your device even while it's in your pocket, purse, from the couch, and more!
The device is priced at $22.99, which includes a mount to attach it to various places as it suggests. The company also promises "amazingly long battery life of up to 2 years" from the device, which you can see in action in the video below: