+ Friday November 22nd, 2019

Google’s been slowly but surely adding more and more device types to its list of supported Actions for Google Assistant, and today they’ve opened the flood gates, well the plumbing type anyway. The latest devices types are Baths and Faucets (or you might just call them taps).

Both device types have the kind of interactions you’d expect with Baths supporting “Fill” and “On/Off” commands. Using Fill a user can pre-program how much water is needed for a bath and the tap will dispense the exact amount of water needed.

Faucets have slightly extended functionality including “Dispense” “Modes”, “On/Off” and “Start/Stop”. On/Off and Start/Stop are self-explanatory, ‘Modes’ is a method to allow users to set the state of the tap, e.g. set to hot, cold, warm, 36.7 degrees. Dispense is altogether cool, want a cup of water, ask for it, need to fill that pasta pot, developers can let you set customised fill amounts, you get the idea.

There are already a few Alexa smart taps available on the market, although not in Australia that we’re aware of, so hopefully, those companies will expand their products to include Google Assistant support, and then roll them out internationally.

While Google may be playing catch up to Amazon and their range of devices types, they are making ground, consistently.

Source: Google.

Duncan Jaffrey   Associate

Duncan Jaffrey

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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Jason
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Jason

Hey Google Delete the last two rubbish quotes

Christopher
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Christopher

This clown doesn’t get it. It’s winter, and it’s freezing. You want the water temperature to be just right before you get into the shower. By saying, Google, turn on the shower, it will be warm and toasty when you arrive. Same with the garden. If I didn’t have a smart faucet, my plants would be all dead. Now I know they get watered twice a weak in winter, and twice a day in the midst of summer. Also, if I spot intruders in the garden, or front stairs of my porch via my smart cam, I say “google, turn… Read more »

Christopher
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Christopher

This clown doesn’t get it. It’s winter, and it’s freezing. You want the water temperature to be just right before you get into the shower. By saying, Google, turn on the shower, it will be warm and toasty when you arrive. Same with the garden. If I didn’t have a smart faucet, my plants would be all dead. Now I know they get watered twice a weak in winter, and twice a day in the midst of summer. Also, if I spot intruders in the garden, or front stairs of my porch via my smart cam, I say “google, turn… Read more »

Jay
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Jay

Or just walk into bathroom and turn on/off tap. You’re about to have a bath, so you’ll be walking in there anyway. Google wants to be in our lives so much we can’t even turn on a tap without saying “hey google”. Latest TV ad I saw recently for Google Home, shows people saying “hey google, close the blinds”. People are saying out loud the company brand name before basic actions like closing blinds and turning on taps. The voice recognition keyword reinforces the brand, and people are falling for this marketing carrot in their own homes when they open… Read more »

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