You need to be aware of these facts
- Google has announced improvements to Google Assistant for smart home devices.
- An AI assistant can recognize more devices depending on the context, such as where you are in a room.
- Google cautions against recent changes to its response to commands that are based on consumer preferences.
Google Assistant plays a major role in improving the experience for smart homes. Google continues to work on new ways to make it better. Google Assistant received improvements in how it handles request requests on Thursday. These upgrades are intended to make the assistant more responsive to customers.
Google emphasizes how Google Assistant is expected to soon recognize more devices within your home. It gives an example: You can ask the assistant to turn off the fan. The assistant will then complete your request by using context information such as the location of the device that you are speaking to.
You should expect the assistant to be better able identify devices, even though you may not call them by their name. If you say “Turn off the lamp,” the Assistant will identify the device as “bedroom lamp”.
With the new upgrades, Assistant can better comprehend location-based queries for devices in your house. Google offers an example: A robot vacuum can be asked to clean the living, dining, and kitchen areas with one command.
Google claims that these improvements are due to “large scale neural network” which use experience from others to learn and provide better responses to customers’ requests. Google’s PaLmSayCan was a demonstration of this technology earlier in the year. It aims to improve robots’ understanding of natural human speech and open-ended queries.
Google acknowledges there may be some trade-offs with this upgrade. Google warns that some commands that were successful in the past might not work anymore due to the new changes made to Assistant’s understanding and response to queries. To monitor how the feedback is received, Google will gradually release these changes. Google invites you to share your feedback via its Home Automation Community forum.