Google Home has a lot of features and you can ask (or tell) it a lot of things.
I wasn’t sure where to start so I decided to just ask my Google Home:
“Hey Google. What are some of the cool things you can do?”
“I can help you do lots of things. For example, you can say, ‘play some Queen’ or ‘how are the Roughriders doing?’ Would you like to hear some more?”
“Here are some more things to try. You can say, ‘add shampoo to my shopping list’ or ‘can you dance?’ Want some more?
“Sorry, did you say that you could dance?”
“I can boogie with the rest of them” *plays a 3 second disco jam*
When I got my Google Home about 6 months ago all I wanted to do was ask it questions like that. Can you dance? What’s your favourite movie? What am I thinking right now? Do you know any jokes? What’s the meaning of life?
After I got that out of my system -- who am I kidding? Just yesterday I asked Google Home if it thought it was smarter than me. I would never say that, Scot. You’re too smart -- I realized that it’s pretty darn practical, too.
Here are a few real-world scenarios that Google Home has helped me with:
Meeting a friend at the movies
...what movies are playing nearby?
...how long will it take to get to the theatre?
...text Paul to tell him I’m running 5 minutes late.
Babysitting your niece and nephew
...play the new Mini-Pops album.
...flip a coin.
...let’s play mad libs.
...what’s the weather?
...how long will it take to walk to the nearest park?
Getting ready for vacation
...what’s the conversion from Canadian dollars to Mexican pesos?
...is WestJet 2056 on time?
...give me the best route to the airport.
...turn down the thermostat to 20. (You’re going to need to do this from your phone because, surprise, you forgot and are already at the airport)
A quiet night in
...put on Stranger Things on Netflix. (Chromecast required)
...what was that movie Winona Ryder was in with Johnny Depp?
...turn off the lamp.
...put on some slow jams.
...what’s a good mac and cheese recipe?
...add havarti to the shopping list.
...how many tablespoons are in a cup?
...set a timer for 15 minutes.
There are hundreds of things you can say to Google Home and these are just some of the real-life ways I’ve used it.
And the answer to “Hey Google, what’s the meaning of life?”
“I have a factory warranty so I don’t worry about things like that.”
Got any hot Google Home tips? Let me know in the comments.