In this evolving era of Digital Transformation when most of the people are trying to get things automated, Home Automation which was limited to controlling just via app or scheduling i.e. turning on the light after sunset etc., after the recent advancements in the speech recognition technology, Smart Home or Office Automation is able to get more advanced and now devices can be controlled directly giving them voice commands like “Turn on lights”, “Turn off Lights”, “Lower the temperature” etc
Google has announced the voice-enabled wireless speaker that will not just give people an ability to control their Smart Devices over a voice but will also be able to communicate with Google Assistant (a new feature launched by Google) to get answers to their queries.
Google home is physically small, thus easy to carry, cylindrical in shape with its top slightly angled and having a 4 colorful leds indicating that Google Home is working and responding to your queries. It’s physically made in a way to match the home and office surroundings.
We tried finding the how Google Home is different from the existing similar kind of products on some of the key points and found following results:
|Responds to voice||Yes||Yes|
|Music streaming options||Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others||Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others|
|Smart home partnerships||Nest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, other devices via “Skills”||Nest, unknown third party products|
|Output to stereo system||No (yes w/ Amazon Dot)||Yes, via Chromecast|
|Synced audio playback to multiple devices||No||Yes, to any Google Cast device|
|Personal assistant highlights||Add items to calendar, make a shopping list, make a to do list, check flight status, track a package||Add items to calendar, make a shopping list, make a to-do list, check flight status, track a package|
|Wake word||Alexa,” “Amazon,” or “Echo”||“Okay, Google,” maybe later|
While trying to explore the features of Google Home further, we found that Google Home has some additional features:
- In “Google Home” user will be able to command any Google Cast-enabled speaker, any speaker with a Chromecast Audio streamer plugged in and even your TV if you have a Chromecast video streamer. Also, the user will be able to play a song on any of those devices individually, or you can create groups and play a same song on each of the devices simultaneously and thus giving user ability to create stereos effect.
We have already explored “Amazon Echo” for Smart Home solutions and used it for controlling various devices. We are now waiting for “Google Home” to be launched and available for developers so that we can explore it more.