Putting a smart speaker in my room has been one of the best decisions I have ever made
Smart speakers are pretty cool as well, overall. Not only do they serve to listen to music, but thanks to the assistants who live inside them (I hope you understand the metaphor) they are able to do a good handful of things. I’ve had one of these speakers in my room for a long time, where I have my PC to work and play, the smart lights, and even my bed. Come on, it’s my headquarters.
At first I was just an assistant who told me the weather and played me music while I tidied up the room, but over time I have “modernized” everything with, for example, six smart bulbs, LED tiras and else. And at first it was difficult to get hold of him, coexist with the speaker and with Google AssistantIn my case, but after more than a year, the truth is that betting on him was a good decision.
I’m talking about loudspeaker when really what I have is a smart display, but for practical purposes we are in the same. The main difference is that a smart screen has a screen (amazing, I know) and a speaker doesn’t, but they work the same. They do the same. I have it placed at the entrance of the room, on a counter, where it does not disturb or interfere in the least. It is there and only responds when I need it.
How do I use it? Mainly, I use it to control the lights in the room. This was the most difficult thing to assume, since what we are all used to is flipping the switch. If you do that with smart bulbs, the bulb turns off and stops responding, so you have to make the command with your voice (or buy a connected switch, which is another option). In a few days I got used to turning the light on and off with a loud voice and blessed wonder.
Not only because it’s comfortable to walk down the hall, give the order as you approach and arrive in the room with the light on, but because it’s useful to control everything remotely. If I think I left the living room lights on when I went to bed, I tell Google to turn them off and I stay calm. It’s like taking a load off your shoulders. So much so that I’m thinking of buying a smart plug for the brazier, so I can forget to turn it off and not have to get up when I’m already in bed.
It is also very useful for plan ahead the journeys (asking how long it would take to get there) and to organize the day. I am very clueless, which is why the calendar is my pastor, I lack nothing. I have it all on the calendar, so the first thing I do when I sit down to work is ask the speaker about my events, and thus brings me up to date. The true health, and more if you add the reminders.
Beyond personal issues, the speaker has also turned out to be all support during work. Many times, when we write about devices that are presented in China, India or the United States, the prices are in their national currencies, so you have to make the change. The wizard is able to convert currency to current exchange rateSo I can ask him how many are 1,000 yuan in euros and he gives me the data, so that I can keep writing and I don’t have to stop to do the search myself. Yes, it takes a few seconds to do it, but it is a matter of comfort.
However, the most powerful are the routines. You can do virtually everything with the routines. A simple example is “OK Google, I’m going to read.” If you say that to my assistant, turn on the bedside light, turn off the rest of the lights, and put on fireplace sounds. The Possibilities Are Virtually Limitless, especially as you add more home automation. You have to spend some time configuring them, but when you have them done they are a joy.
At the end of the day, the result is that there many processes that you can delegate to the wizard. Having it in my room, where I work, play and spend a large part of the day, has helped me a lot to not be so aware of certain things, such as the calendar or appointments. “But is that privacy …”, yes, I buy the argument, but if on any occasion you do not like that the assistant is there, a good privacy setting or, older, a tug on the power cord, fixes it. As for me, blessed voice assistants and blessed home automation.