Google has been partnering with a few brands to produce smart everyday objects such as alarm clocks and entertainment devices and they’ve given us a small peek into it this CES. While they have been working with partners to include Google Assistant support on their existing lineup of products, this year, we have a few devices with dedicated support for Google Assistant.
Smart Alarm Clock
The first of the lot is a nightstand smart alarm clock which Google has been working on alongside Lenovo which claims to help users manage their morning and evening routines. The alarm clock sports a 4-inch touch enabled display which will show you alarm suggestions based on your sleep patterns and daily routines and will gently wake you up with various screen animations and auto-adjusting screen brightness levels. The clock can also be used to control other smart home devices. The Lenovo Smart Clock will reportedly go up on sale starting this Spring for $79.
Similarly, Whirlpool, a well-known brand affiliated to household appliances previewed its KitchenAid Smart Display with Google Assistant built in which can help you with recipes of your favorite dishes or set timers while cooking. Other smart devices can also be controlled through this and given that it’s meant to be kept in the kitchen, it is also water resistant.
Premium Smart Speakers
The Google Assistant is also making its way to premium speakers from Sonos, the Sonos One and Sonos Beam being the first ones to receive it. Using the assistant, one can control the music or play tracks from your playlist without having to reach out for your phone.
Google Assistant on TVs
While Google Assistant is natively built into Android TVs by default, TVs from Samsung are said to receive this feature later this year which will allow users to change channels and control volume levels or even change the input source using just your voice. TVs that already have this feature will be further improved via updates.
Smarter Cars with Anker Roav Bolt and JBL Link Drive
Not just your home, Google wants to make your car smart too by working with brands like JBL and Anker to bring the Assistant to vehicles. Two new devices, Anker Roav Bolt and JBL Link Drive plug into your car to let you connect your phone to your car audio which then enables you to use Google Assistant hands-free without having to unlock your phone.
We’re seeing more and more connected devices being previewed at CES and with almost every device at home being connected to one another, every home may soon become a smart home.