April 30, 2018
Claire LarsonStaff Writer
The ability to give basic, one-and-done commands to smart home voice assistants like, “Set an alarm for my 5 a.m. workout” (yeah right), is extremely helpful – but devices from brands like Google and Amazon have capabilities to do so much more and take your routine questions to the next level.
Here are four ways your assistant is helping you live your best life:
Keep your routine in check
Your assistant can make your early morning routine more helpful and positive. Just say, “Hey Google, good morning,” and wait for a curated collection of announcements and functions for your day– including traffic information, to-do’s and calendar events. If linked with other smart home enabled devices, your assistant can also turn on your lights and adjust your thermostat to help customize everything from your morning to bedtime.
Make meal prep easy
Now that you’ve done all your shopping, what’s for dinner? Your assistant can make selecting your meals (and then cooking them) super simple. You can use commands with your Amazon Echo Spot to say, “Alexa, ask Allrecipes what can I make with salmon and Brussels sprouts,” and, “Alexa, find me a lemon bar recipe,” to discover recipes, read step by step prep/cooking instructions on the device’s screen, set timers and even play music while cooking.
Fill your day with music
Your assistant can also be your personal D.J. and liven up your space with music. The Google Home Max is a great sounding music speaker, and it has voice recognition for up to five people so everyone in your home can say, “Hey Google, play my party playlist,” and instantly enjoy access to their favorite music from services like Spotify and Pandora. And the Amazon Echo lets you add music to your routine commands so you can wake up to your favorite morning tunes.
Entertain your household
Another fabulous feature of your assistant is the ability to keep everyone in your home entertained. Simple requests to your Google Home like, “Hey Google, let’s play space trivia,” and, “Hey Google, tell me a story.” can prompt your device to come up with an easy way to keep your family and guests happily engaged during any gathering – or even add some fun to a rainy day.
Best Buy carries a range of tech to help you get the most out of your smart home assistants. If you want to learn more, check out BestBuy.com or stop by a nearby store. And Geek Squad is ready to help repair or protect your tech when you need it.