Google is adding new homeschooling features to Assistant smart displays and speakers

Google is broadening the capabilities of its Assistant on wise screens and speakers today to make it much easier for families that are homeschooling their kids throughout the pandemic.

Blazing a trail is the brand-new Family Bell function, an alarm-like suggestion that can be broadcast from a Nest House wise display or speaker at a set time. Google is pitching the Family Bell as a way for families to reveal when it’s time to start an education or prepare yourself for bed. A parent can program a Family Bell through the Assistant app on a phone, set when it will go off and repeat on particular days, and pick which wise display or wise speaker it will chime from. Household Bell notifies can likewise be set through Hey Google voice commands, but any management after that needs to be done through the Assistant app.

When the Family Bell alert goes off, the Nest device will produce a chime and recite whatever is programmed in the app. You can configure several Family Bells for the very same time, but you can just have each Bell broadcast from a single wise display screen or speaker.

Another new function aimed around homeschooling kids is the ability to have a Nest smart display screen or speaker announce when it’s time to begin the school day and show education-themed graphics. You can say “ Hey Google, the school’s session” or “Start the school day”, and the unique visuals will play. It’s likewise possible to program smart house devices, such as lights, to react when the command is issued. Lilian Rincon, senior director of item management for Google Assistant, likens this to an old-school class bell —– but at the house.

Google is likewise broadening the Broadcast feature, which allows you to blast a custom alert to all of the Nest speakers in your house. Now, you can define which speakers or wise screens a Broadcast goes to, which should avoid disturbing a sleeping kid from the announcement.

Nest smart display screens and speakers are getting an animal of the day feature, which will provide realities, sounds, and a creative job, such as drawing, for various animal each day. You can hear about the animal of the day by saying “ Hey Google, inform me about the animal of the day” to a Nest wise screen or speaker.

All of these new features are rolling out to Nest Center wise screens and Nest Home speakers starting today.

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