by Eric Ravenscraft on
If you rent your home, you could feel left out of the current smart home renaissance. Fear not, though. There are still quite a few gadgets you can get to smarten up your rental.
With Halloween close at hand, Google wants to set the mood in your home. If you have smart lights, a Chromecast, a Google Home, or any combination thereof, tell Google Assistant “Let’s get spooky” and watch as the sinister spirits take over your living room.
In the video above, I have two Philips Hue lights, an NVIDIA SHIELD connected to my TV, and a Google Home speaker (off screen). This video was taken the very first time I used the command and without any additional set up, Google was able to start cycling the colors on my lights, play a YouTube video, and a music track from the Home. It’s perfect as a quick and easy way to set the ambiance for your Halloween party this month.
Individually, these tasks aren’t that impressive. Put together, Google is clearly demonstrating the ability to perform multiple actions from a single command, a feature Google teased at its hardware event earlier this month.
This isn’t the only Halloween-themed trick Google Assistant has picked up either. Open up Assistant on your phone, tablet, or Google Home and try one of the following commands:
At the recent Pixel event, Google said it planned to create more games and fun, kid-friendly commands. This batch is already delivering on that. Now if only Assistant could order holy water from Google Express, we’d be all set.
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