This is just plain cool! Really great ingenuity and design all around. Sure, it’s pure novelty, but what a cool piece for people to play with when they come over. It reminds me a little bit of Hit Clips, a music toy from 1999, but you know, actually useful. You would insert a cartridge that looked like a mini CD case into a Hit Clips player, and it would play about a minute of the listed song. I loved mine and thought it was the coolest thing at the time.
Makes me wonder if there is a way to make this work with Apple Music/HomePod. Maybe through a combination of services like the Apple Music API and IFTTT? I might have to take a look.
While Routines are still nowhere to be found, you can issue up to two commands to Google Home at once. You can say something like, “OK, Google, turn on the TV and what’s the weather?” Your TV with Chromecast ($35.00 at B&H Photo-Video) will power on and Google Home will tell you the weather for your location.
This worked with almost all the commands we tested. Traffic, however, only seemed to work sometimes. Other times Google Home just ignored the traffic request and responded to the second command. This feature is also limited to a string of two commands. Three or more commands will not work.
Google created a preview program for the Google Home back in August, allowing users to test upcoming features. A new option has appeared for Homes on the preview – Night Mode. With this, you can set a time span (and even specific days) for the Home to reduce its volume automatically and dim the speaker’s lights. In addition, you can also enable a new Do Not Disturb mode, which blocks sounds from reminders and other broadcasted messages. Alarms and timers will still be heard when DnD is turned on, just like on Android.