Google Home, the search giant’s new entry into the smart speaker market, has launched in the US. This week one found its way into our studios.
Like its rival Amazon Echo, Google Home is a smart speaker backed by an intelligent personal assistant. While the audio quality of the device itself is decent, its real power comes from the cloud-based Google Assistant. Users can use Assistant to answer questions and carry out tasks (such as streaming music, organising your day, or controlling your smart home) simply by asking it out loud.
Voice control has been generating a lot of excitement around our studio. Voice as a mainstream interaction interface is still in its early days but is already proving to be an efficient and convenient means of interacting with digital products and services, particularly in the home and car. As more and more devices become internet connected, voice is proving to be an effective addition to help us cope and stay in control of our digital lives.
There’s a long way to go, but voice has the potential to make the way we interact with computers become more natural, and communicate with them in the same manner we do with humans. This could not only make our lives easier but also open access to technology up to millions who have struggled with it before; from the sight-impaired, to the elderly, to the technophobic.
Having already been developing for both Home and Echo for our clients, we are excited to work with this emerging interaction paradigm before the point of mass, everyday adoption. It gives us opportunities to explore, to experiment, to design without constraints, and to be able to play a part in building the standards and best practice for the future.
Screenmedia are an innovation, design, and development practice specialising in creating engaging user-centred experiences for web, mobile, and connected devices. Get in touch to see how we can help you on your next digital project, voice or otherwise.