Home Alone is one of the best Christmas movies you can watch, and now you can re-live it with Macaulay Culkin and Google Assistant. The 38 year old actor goes back to the McCallister house, revisiting classic moments with the help of the Google Assistant on an Android phone and using a Google Home Hub to check his schedule and see the front door when the pizza guy shows up. There’s a Google Home Mini in the bedroom and again to set a routine into motion to scare off Harry and Marv.
In all Kevin uses Google Assistant on three devices in ways that tier into the movie. If you already have an Android Phone, you can start using Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google.” From there you can add items to a chopping list or set reminders.
With a Google Assistant enabled display like the Google Home Hub, or my favorite the Lenovo Smart Display, you can see who is at your door when you have a smart doorbell like the Nest Hello doorbell. You can also use Google Assistant on the Google Home Mini, phone or on a smart display to set the heat with Nest, Ecobee and many other smart thermostats.
At the end of the hilarious ad, we see Kevin trigger a routine called Operation Kevin that combines a number of actions into one command. In this case it;
- Turns on a light
- Locks the front door with an August lock
- Turns on the fireplace
- Starts playing Christmas music
- Sends a robot vacuum on the move with a dance partner on top
- Starts the toy train to give NBA player a tour of the room
You can do everything that Kevin does with Google Assistant and the right smart home accessories. You can check out our list of the best Smart home gadgets you can buy and out Smart home gift guide if you’re still shopping.
Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant
The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant is an awesome new way to use the Google Assistant in your home -- and with a screen.
Essentially the Lenovo Smart Display is a vastly better version of Amazon Echo that looks like it should be in your home and with loads of features that Alexa doesn't deliver.
The Smart Display is a Google Home with a screen, that comes in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes. In addition to standard Google Assistant controls, you can also interact with touch, and you can see your results on the screen. This works great with YouTube and other video results, recipes, directions and other activities.
The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant built in is $199 for the 8-inch model and $249 for the 10-inch model with Bamboo back. The Smart Display arrives in early Summer 2018.
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