Google has unveiled a voice-controlled, AI-powered robot assistant that can be ordered to turn the lights down, play music or order a taxi.
Google Home, a pint-sized speaker and microphone combination, is designed to sit in a room and respond to its owner’s every command, from answering questions to checking the weather.
The device uses Google’s state-of-the-art artificial intelligence aide, Google Assistant, and connects with users’ Google accounts to act as a virtual butler. It can be used to check appointments, create lists and send messages, simply by speaking to it.
The powerful smart-speaker, which resembles something between air-freshener and a salt shaker, is able to control music playback across speakers in multiple rooms, search the web and recite your daily calendar, weather forecast, directions, flight information and much more with the “Okay Google” command.
What’s more, by teaming up with big name partners like Whatsapp, OpenTable, Uber and Nest, you will also be able to send a text message, book your favourite tapas place, order a ride and turn the lights off on your way out without even lifting a finger.
No one quite knows how much Home will cost when it comes to the market later this year, but you can already register interest here.
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