These are probably one of the most rewarding products in the Smart Tech family from the basic Google Home or Amazon Echo, so, what do they do? They are connected speakers that will listen for your voice and when a trigger word is used ( “Alexa” for Amazon and “Hey Google” for Google speakers) they will find the answer for you and speak it back, for example, “Alexa” what’s the weather like today? The answer will come back to you with the forecast for the day.
They have moved on too much more advanced capability and can now bring all your smart things together. You could for instance ask your smart speaker to turn on the lights, turn up the heating or play your favorite radio station and if you have multiple speakers then you can tell it what room to play it in.
Some more advanced capabilities when used with compatible TVs and smart screens allow the usage of your security systems on to these smart screens, for example, you could ask your smart speaker to show you the back garden camera and it would bring the video feed up on the screen for you.
Lastly, there is something called routines, this is where you give your smart speaker one command but it will carry out multiple tasks for example “Hey Google its Movie night” Your smart speaker can turn on your TV, set it to Netflix, turn on the soundbar, change the lights to suit the mood, shut the curtains and get you set up in seconds without you touching a single button on the remote control.
One more brilliant thing they can do help you with reminders for example “Alexa set a reminder to put the bins out every Tuesday” or “hey Google add bread to my shopping list” with google it can recognise every voice in the house and can be customised individually, for example, I might ask Google what my day looks like and it will give me my appointment and tasks I have set to that day and my wife will get everything she has set for hers.
You very quickly get used to a smart speaker when they are set up to enhance your home life.
The smart speaker market has moved into premium brands such as Sonos, Bose and all popular brands have one or the other (Google or Alexa) built-in and some have both. So, lovers of music do not have to compromise on quality and the brands have done an amazing job of integrating this brilliant tech into their amazing speakers.