In today’s connected world, our homes are smarter, and we’re doing more and more with just simple voice controls. In this article, we’re focusing on some of the best types of smart home devices that work with Google Assistant and how they are making our everyday lives more comfortable and more convenient.
Before we dive into what works with Google Home and Google Assistant, it’s important to understand how these two Google products differ.
What is Google Assistant?
Google Assistant is a personal assistant powered by artificial intelligence (AI) – Google’s version of Amazon Alexa or Apple’s Siri.Google Assistant is the voice assistant on all Google devices, from Google Home to Android phones. You can use your Google Assistant as a search engine, an automated reminder system, or even to control your smart home devices. All of these uses are activated by a quick “Ok, Google” or “Hey Google.” Look for to “Works with the Google Assistant” badge.
What is Google Home?
Google Home refers to the smart speakers developed by Google. Released in 2016, Google Home allows people to use voice commands which are answered by the virtual assistant, Google Assistant.
Both Google Home and Google Assistant integrate with many third-party devices, including many home automation products. However, to use Google Assistant with your smart home devices, you will need a Google Home.
#1. Home Security
Home security is more accessible and reliable as a result of advances in technology, helping to reduce installation and monitoring challenges. Additionally, home security is more convenient, primarily as a result of smart technologies. Smart home security devices that work with Google Home include security cameras, alarms, locks, and more.
Swann’s new Google Assistant security systems are the first multi-camera, wired security systems to integrate with Google Assistant. All you have to do is ask Google to check on specific areas of your home, such as the front door, and you’ll see live security footage on your TV. Seamlessly stream security footage to your TV using Google Chromecast (built-in or standalone). Learn more about Swann’s smart home security options.
#2. Lighting, Outlets & Plugs
Smart lighting is an easy introduction to home automation. You can start with just a few smart light bulbs or install a full smart lighting system. With smart lights, you can easily turn them on and off with your voice. Now, instead of getting out of bed to turn off the lights, you can ask Google. Voice controlled devices that can be used to install a full smart lighting system include smart switches, dimmers, as well as plugs and outlets.
The number of large appliances with home automation capabilities has grown significantly, making everyday tasks and chores more convenient. While not everything can be as easy as telling your robotic vacuum to clean, smart washers, dryers, dishwashers, and even fridges can all be controlled with your voice. In addition, some ranges and precision cookers work with Google Assistant.
#4. Heating & Cooling
You can also use Google Assistant to control your home’s temperature. Automating your home’s heating and cooling is so much more convenient with smart thermostats controlled by your smartphone and voice.
#5. Smart Home Hubs
Although you can use Google Assistant to control many different smart devices in your home, not everything can be linked via your Google Home. Sometimes, you will need a smart hub to connect and control some home automation devices.
Home automation is helping make daily tasks easier and with hectic lives running around after kids and work, using your voice to control a few devices is one thing less you have to do. So, sit back, relax and say “Hey, Google.”