Home Automation: Google Assistant, Amazon Cloud Cam Pick Up New Abilities

Home Automation: Google Assistant, Amazon Cloud Cam Pick Up New Abilities

Building on the voice-managed reminders that were launched back in September 2017, the new location-based reminders factor in your physical position, taking advantage of the fact that the Assistant travels with you courtesy of your phone. For example, "remind me to pick up milk when I'm at the store". Now, you can set location-based reminders using your Google Home speakers, according to a Tweet by Google. The Google Home range of speakers was toted to make your domestic life easier, and it wouldn't be very good at it if it lacked the ability to remind you of stuff. You can tweak this to trigger the assistant to: tell you the day's weather, commute time, calendar and reminders; turn your Android phone off silent; adjust smart home devices to predefined "morning" settings and then play music/radio/news/a podcast or audiobook from where you left off.


During last weekend's SxSW Interactive, while the lines were long at HBO's Westworld exhibition, The Google Fun House attracted a fair share of attendees with a indoor and outdoor party that attempted to show the wide variety of things the Google Assistant can do inside and out. If you live elsewhere, Google suggests you set up the My Day daily briefing for now. That's in contrast to asking Siri to remind you, as it asks which Starbucks you want to be reminded at. It's a set of multi-step actions triggered by one command - they're called Scenes in Apple HomeKit, Applets in IFTTT etc. You can't, in our testing today, say that you need to collect clothes from a named dry cleaners, for instance. Instead, the Google Home asked when I wanted the full instruction to be issued as a regular reminder.

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