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Hey Google you said what?

Google Home may seem pointless to many a person. The sceptics think the little device is eavesdropping on your every word, others think it has a direct line to the Kremlin. As a speaker I find it as aurally pleasing as a transistor radio tuned to an AM station and frankly it probably needs a pair of hearing aids. The number of times I’ve asked “What is the weather today” and have been given directions to my local Chinese restaurant is remarkable.

For me Google Home has basically become a remote control. It can turn my lights on, open the garage, send music to my celling speakers and even boil the kettle. But it’s the novelty factor that has been of most use recently. Distracting my manic 1-year-old is hard, but not so with some probing questions directed towards my little white and grey friend. Hey Google, what does an Elephant sound like? That alone is enough to silence little Henry for at least five seconds. So, one day I thought I’d get obscure. The following video tells the story, how this is a feature I’ll never know. But the bloke needs to see a doctor in any case.

Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.

He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.

Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.

Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.

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  1. John Knight

    July 7, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I love my Google Home. It’s small and neat. Yes, there are a number of functions that will keep kids amused (Hey Google. What noise does a pig make?). I like it just for everyday questions: How do you spell xxxx? ; What is the distance between xxx and yyy? ; Who are the cast in xxxx? Will it rain today?
    Admittedly, sometimes we don’t use it across a day, but that’s rare. It tends to get most use when we are watching TV or thinking about travelling somewhere or where the nearest shop is. For a small single speaker, the sound is quite good and vocals are pleasing. We also use it when our favourite talkback station (3AW) is commentating on sport. (Hey Google: Play 2GB). It’s a gtreat device and I rarely have trouble with it understanding me. It even manages to understand ny 5YO grandson. (Hey Googoo. Wassa temcha?). (Whats the temperature)

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