Google’s Assistant just learned some new kitchen tricks.
Ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference, GE has announced its full suite of Wi-Fi-connected smart appliances can now be controlled with Google Assistant, the voice-enabled digital assistant that lives in Google Home.
The announcement comes a year after GE integrated Amazon Alexa voice commands with its smart appliances using the Geneva Alexa skill.
Google Assistant integration works the same as it does with Alexa, and you can ask it to do things like preheat the oven, or check if the dishes are clean, or make hot water.
Examples of some voice commands you can use include:
“OK Google, ask Geneva Home to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.”
“OK Google, ask Geneva Home if the dishes are clean.”
“OK Google, ask Geneva Home to make hot water.”
“OK Google, ask Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes.”
Want a preview of how GE’s Assistant-controlled appliances work IRL? Take a look at the below video for GE’s Alexa-controlled smart appliances and swap out “Alexa” with “OK Google” and that’s basically it.
“You feel like every little moment is precious and you don’t want to waste it doing a whole bunch of things in the kitchen,” says the mom in the video. “All of the features that are on our appliances… you probably wouldn’t think would add that much value to our life, but it’s the little time that really adds up that really adds value to your day.”
GE says voice controls using Alexa and Google Assistant will help make lives simpler and more convenient, especially for busy people.
“Having a connected home… it just buys you time,” says the dad in the above video. Indeed, it does. While I don’t own any smart appliances, I do own an Amazon Echo. And every time I use Alexa to turn on my smart lights, or tell me the weather, or play music while I’m brushing my teeth or cooking in the kitchen, I think of how much time I’m saving with voice controls.
“Everyone’s busy these days and our consumers are looking for simpler and more convenient ways to control their home, especially when busy in the kitchen or working around the house,” says Liz VerSchure, vice president responsible for GE Appliances connected strategy. “Integrating our full suite of connected appliances with the Google Assistant makes it easier for owners to control their appliances and get on with their day.”