We’ve come to call them “smart displays,” these countertop touchscreen devices that also feature either the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice services. The Amazon Echo Show was the first example in this category, and while it had a clunky design, its 2017 debut proved that the concept had potential.
More than a year ago, Amichai Shulman, an adjunct professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, challenged his computer science students to go toe-to-toe with the pros, asking them to find security flaws in Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant.
Security company Swann today added support for Google Assistant to 15 different weatherproof security camera kits.
Similar to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant is Google’s voice AI. Google Assistant can respond to a variety of queries when you use the wake phrases “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” with a Google Home, Google Home Mini or Google Home Max smart speaker.
I’m calling this thing the Mickey Mount, but you’ll find it online as the Otter Den Series for Google Home Mini featuring Disney Mickey Mouse. It didn’t get any airtime during the company’s keynote presentation at its Pixel 3 launch event, but it did make its debut there in a demo room or two. It’s a mount for your Google Home Mini, and it’s actually kind of charming if you’re a fan of this kind of thing.
Siri now has a dedicated smart speaker to call home, so it’s time to consider how Apple’s voice assistant compares to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Let’s explore the obvious — as well as more nuanced — differences between these voice AIs. By the end of it, we’ll have a better sense of each assistant’s strengths, as well as where they need the most work.
Black Friday Week is in full swing, culminating with actual Black Friday on, er, Friday. Never mind what’s in store for the day after Thanksgiving; let’s talk about the deals you can get right now.
For some, mowing the lawn is intensely satisfying. For others, it’s a time-consuming chore. If the latter sounds like you, take heart. Help is on the way from iRobot, the company that gave us the Roomba robot vacuum. Its latest creation, the iRobot Terra, is a grass-cutting robot designed to autonomously trim your turf. According to iRobot, the Terra will be as smart and as easy to use as a Roomba.