Google Home: Your New Assistant Won't Need Time Off
February 9, 2018
By: Kelly Spors
Like many busy people, you might have thought about hiring a personal assistant to help manage your day-to-day schedule and perform other routine tasks. Now you have another option: Getting a voice-activated device that can handle many of those tasks, at a fraction of the cost.
Google Home — a hands-free, voice-activated smart speaker powered by the Google Assistant — can handle a large array of tasks via simple voice command. The device sells for under $130, meaning you’ll spend far less overall than paying an employee to do even a few hours of work each week. (If you’d pay an assistant $9 an hour, for example, Google Home could pay for itself in about 15 hours of use.) Moreover, you can use your Google Home 24 hours a day, seven days week. Literally, it’s always available.
The speaker is designed to detect multiple distinct voices, so that multiple people in the same home or office can use it and it can customize each user's experience.
Here are a few of the many ways Google Home powered by the Google Assistant could help you and your business:
Order Office Supplies
Running low on your favorite pens or in need of several whiteboards for an upcoming brainstorming session? The Google Home Search Function can place the order for you, removing one more task from your long to-do list. And, since the Office Depot app is compatible with Google Assistant, it can help you find the latest deals, place an order, check the status of an order and even quickly locate the closest store. Shopping for great deals? Simply say: “Hey Google, ask Office Depot about the latest deals.”
Manage Your Time Better
Google Home offers many features that allow you to more efficiently manage your daily schedule, such as retrieving flight details, checking traffic reports, reading your upcoming meeting notes aloud and setting alarms so you stay on schedule. The “My Day” feature gives you a briefing on your calendar for the day and can be customized to include weather reports and other useful information.
Google Home accesses your electronic calendar and lets you add events or meetings. The assistant will walk you through the details, including the event name, date and start and end times. (You can later invite people to any event or meeting using another personal device.)
No more juggling your smartphone. You tell Google Home the number you want to call and it will dial it.
The calculator feature can perform complicated calculations when you say the math problem out loud (“What is 17 percent of 158?”). It can be a faster way to get the numbers you need.
Having a personal assistant doesn’t have to mean hiring a person anymore. A voice-activated assistant can help you with many of the same tasks and you won’t have to give it a day off.
About the Author
Kelly Spors is a freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis. She previously worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering small business and entrepreneurship.
All content provided herein is for educational purposes only. It is provided “as is” and neither the author nor Office Depot, Inc. warrant the accuracy of the information provided, nor do they assume any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.
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