This week we welcomed a personal assistant into our home. Or, to be more precise, FedEx delivered a Google Assistant.Welcomed Google Assistant into our home.— Tom Wilson (@TomPhase3) November 30, 2016
Me: OK Google, cook dinner.
The Google: Sorry, I can't help you with that. pic.twitter.com/Yo9BbdB5NH
It's a stubby, round box you plug into the wall. It listens for our commands and talks to us via surprisingly good speakers. It connects to Google services over WiFi.
It sits in a corner of our kitchen and has already changed how we do things.
We've eliminated the need for a paper groceries list. Instead we keep a list in Google Keep, an application I use frequently for quick notes.
We can update our shopping list as we use up items.
Me: OK Google, add a lemon to the shopping list
Google Assistant: OK, I've added lemon to your shopping listWe can review and update the list via Google Keep on our phones, tablets or desktop computers. As long as I'm carrying my phone, I have an up-to-date shopping list.
We can tell it to play music or Internet radio or a podcast via our stereo system (using Google Chromecast Audio). I can ask it 'How many teaspoons in a tablespoon?" or tell it to set a timer for 20 minutes.
Yesterday, I got it to moo like a cow and play "The Stripper."