I just bought a Google Home Mini and find it great for grabbing quick morning news, playing mood music, and asking odd questions that might pop in my head without having to break out the phone or walk to the computer. Also good for asking the time when waking up in the middle of the night.
God no. I beta tested a wide variety of Alexa devices and apps, and have given Ok Google plenty of chances…I simple don’t care to control things with my voice, I don’t like having them listening to me all the time, AND anything I might want to request via an assistant it more easily done by keyboard/mouse.
I got a set of 4 Phillips Hue lights + hub, which works with Smart Home assistants. I like using it with SmartThings to change to my teams color when a game starts, or flash the lights when they score etc.
How about “No, I not only don’t plan to voluntarily bug my home and give access to all my internet activity, any more than I plan to send my DNA to a “service” that will tell me my ancestry, then send my DNA…where?”
Hey, I am no conspiracy theorist but I’ll pass on bugging my house.
@communist Sengled brand. I bought a 4pack on a flash sale at Amazon at Christmas at a great price because they work with Home and missed where it clearly said they needed a hub. So I ordered the hub. Installed the two bulbs that came with the hub, one was easy, the other a little harder but they work fine with the Sengled app. Cannot get the Sengled app to recognize the first bulbs, even though they are the same model number. Got the Home app to connect with the Sengled partner, it shows the bulbs in the Home app, but the device doesn’t recognize them. Called Sengled CS, they told me a solution that didn’t work for the hub-bulb problem, and they couldn’t help with Home, I’d have to call Google for that. So a mere $150 invested, and I have a mediocre Bluetooth speaker and two bulbs which I can operate either by unlocking my phone, opening an app, navigating to bulb control and pushing a button, or by flipping the flipping wall switch. I need to get back with Google and Sengled CS, but when I get to the point that setting electronics on fire and running them over with my car is preferable to continuing to struggle with them it’s time to let it go for a while.
In June my tech-savvy hubby said “you and your siblings should get a Alexa or something for your parents’ anniversary.” Siblings all poo-poo’d the idea as my parents are notoriously low tech, so we didn’t.
At Christmas my parents told my sister they’d love an Alexa or something. So we got them one (and other stuff, we traditionally pool $ so there is no competition). Glad they are happy but sigh for no credit for great idea. Like I said, we try not to compete but I am generally the inconsiderate lazy middle kid who rides on siblings’ coattails when it comes to gifts and such, so my siblings knowing 1 in the last 80 gifts was my idea would have been nice.
Wait, it was hubby’s idea. So still wouldn’t have gotten credit for me. Sigh.
My policy is I don’t really do scheduled gifts, even though some friends blitzed me this year to give me some nice wine glasses, a bottle of pinot noir, and a frisbee. They said the extra gift was me not having to get them anything, but I already had something going (just not aligned with Christmas).
I just can’t see a killer use case for these devices. I already have Google Assistant any time I want it with my Pixel 2 (even if it’s locked). I already have a wireless music setup in my kitchen that sounds way better than any assistant speaker (BT adapter, old receiver, bookshelf speakers). I already have a universal remote to turn on/off all the pieces of my home theater.
After messing with voice tech for years and testing out friends’ assistants, I see it as a clunky bridge between manual button pushing and the next thing that will be truly automatic/integrated into one’s home. Watching friends interact with it is painful at times when I know they could simply reach over and hit the volume button or whatever much more easily.
My husband gave me a trash can for Christmas. It opens when you say “open can”. I really like it. He meant to get the basic foot pedal model but I’m not returning it. Bonus- it has a sensor so if you wave your hand it opens. The dog really likes it too- he can open it with his nose and go through the trash.