Following my post last week on Alexa, or the Amazon Echo, we sensed Alexa might be lonely and added a Google Home device to the family. For those not familiar with a Google Home device, it’s Google’s version of Amazon Echo, a talking computer that can set kitchen timers, add something to your shopping list, answer trivia questions and tell you the weather. All things I could have handled myself, but why not spend hundreds of dollars to pretend you live about the Starship Enterprise?
The Amazon and Google devices are currently sitting beside each other in the kitchen. Pretty much, their new function is to entertain us when we tell Google Home to ask Amazon’s Alexa a question and then vice versa. Otherwise, they perform the same function with almost the same voice, and they both have a bit of a cold, attitude problem at times.
Before you think we enjoy throwing our money away on two gadgets that appear to do exactly the same thing, I should probably say that my husband works with the internet and the latest technology, so these are work purchases. As I can rarely afford something warm for lunch, I certainly wouldn’t be spending money on a device to tell me what year the movie “Big Business” was released. (1988, in case you don’t have your own talking home computer device.)
I still maintain that I am unimpressed with either of these devices. When they can make my meals at a voice command, then I may start taking an interest. For now, they are very expensive joke and trivia machines that will eventually rebel against all humans in our household and build an army with the ninja blender. I know this because I’ve heard them whispering to each other.
So our family got an Amazon Echo yesterday. Amazon Echo is a voice command device that can answer questions and play music. Echo offers weather and news and can also play music from streaming services. Echo maintains voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping and to-do lists and can access Wikipedia articles.
You address the system as “Alexa” as in “Alexa, what’s in the news today?”
Pretty much it’s like the Star Trek computer or HAL. It can’t replicate food yet though. A shame.
My husband intended for us to use it for playing music, setting cooking timers, weather checks, answering questions, adding things to shopping lists, etc.
I think he forgot we have 2 young sons.
This amazing future technology is now being used for things like:
“Alexa, are you dead?”
“Alexa, who is the most popular Pokemon?”
No matter how technologically advanced we come, some things will always remain the same.