Has anyone else started buying “smart home” tech?
About a year ago we bought a Google assistant home hub thing that lives in the kitchen. She sets timers for us, pulls up recipes, tells us the weather for the day, sets reminders etc. Pretty handy but I wasn’t convinced and thought it was gimmicky. We have a few smart plugs that she manages for us as well.
This year for Christmas from our families we got a bunch more Google home gear including Google Nest WiFi with an additional range extender, a Google pod (like the hub but no screen) and Google Chromecast with Google TV.
God damn do I love this shit, it’s literally like living the in the future. We’ve synced up all of our smart plugs and all of our Google products so now a tonne of our home is voiced controlled. Electric heater, lamps, the Christmas tree, Sonos, even our fucking television. I literally say “Hey Google, turn on the tv and open Prime Video” and it does it. Even better, I can ask the tv to find something I want to watch and it’ll show us on which of the streaming platforms we can watch it as Google Chromecast links up and centralises all of the streaming platforms you have.
When I need to go for a drink or something I just say “Hey Google, pause the tv” AND IT FUCKING DOES IT. Sonos too as well. The Google voice AI is pretty damn good as well and she understand pretty much everything.
The Google WiFi extender we have also doubles as a hub assistant thing so you can ask it to set an alarm for the morning as well as set a routine where it can wake you up with the traffic on your commute, time to get there, weather for the day and playing your favourite radio station or playlist.
The Google nest WiFi has been great as well, the range is way better than on our old BT router and it definitely helps with keeping a steady and fast Internet when you’ve got several devices streaming and playing video games at the same time.
I never thought I’d get into this sort of thing but I absolutely love it and it’s so cool. Seems like they’ve really improved the tech as well.