Smart Home devices using AI can inform us about the weather and news, as well as do tasks like playing audio and toggling lights.
More and more Australians are embracing smart home devices using Amazon’s Alexa, or Google’s Assistant, despite concerns about privacy.
The devices are fitted with microphones so that they could accept voice commands, which are activated when their “wake word” is said. To start communicating with the smart home device, commands must be prefaced with “wake words”, typically “Alexa” or “OK Google” respectively.
So from the two most popular devices, the Amazon Echo and Google Home, which are better for you?
The Amazon Echo is $329 and comes with the AI, Alexa.
Feature-wise, it is capable of the exact same things the Google Home is capable of.
The Echo includes a hardwired switch to switch off the listening capacities, meaning it prevents hackers from listening in on you.
Google home is $399.
Unlike its predecessors, The Google Home was made to be compact; it’s designed allows it to sit vertically and save space.
The Google Home is Google’s take on the smart home device. Google has dominated the Australian smart home market, with recent statistics putting its share at greater than 70%.
The best part of having a Google smart home device is that all your other Google applications and interfaces work perfectly with the smart home.
The sound quality is very bassy, and it comes with a Smart Sound feature that adapts the ambisonics of the room the device is in.
This makes Google Home a multi-purpose device- aside from making your life easier by automating mundane tasks, it can also be used as a high-quality music player.
In case you have an Android smartphone which this may be especially attractive as you’ll also have Google Assistant on your phone so that you don’t have to install any other smart devices in your house with a brand new platform.