Unlike Echo, Google Home works seamlessly with Chromecasts so it can stream to your televisions, to your Hi-Fi speakers and has full access to Google’s search engine making it extremely useful in terms of voice search.
While being an upgrade to Siri or the standard Google Assistant on your Android device, Google Home by default did not fully amaze me.
In a matter of fact, Google Home, for now, does less than Amazon Echo, for instance, it can’t connect to an exchange account.
Google Home, during its first release, is an improved Google Assistant and connects to a small set of home automation devices such as Philips Hue, HoneyWell, SmartThings, WeMo and Nest.
With a couple of configurations, Google Home can also connect to services like Uber, Netflix, Instacart, and Openable, etc. I can see how Google plans to constantly upgrade the number of available services.
The following list aggregates some of the most interesting and creative uses of Google Home for Home Automation. These “recipes” will surely amaze you and your guests.
Turn on/off the TV
There are a couple of ways to turn on the TV.
First of all, you may simply connect a Chromecast to it. Be sure that your TV supports Consumer Electronics Control. In short, if you enable this feature on your TV you will allow tv dongles or external appliances such as a console to turn the tv on.
Turn it on by simply saying “Hey Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on the TV”. The main problem is that you can’t turn it off…unless…
Find your phone
Usually, when I lose my phone I use the Apple Watch functionality to make it ring, but what happens when I’m not wearing one?
I simply say, "OK, Google, find my phone," and Google Assistant initiates a call to my phone with this simple IFTTT recipe. When I finally answer, a recording says, "Hooray! You found your phone." Of course, this is only useful if your phone is on and not silenced.
Start vacuum cleaner by voice
Planning to buy a Robot Vacuum cleaner? Buy a Samsung POWERbot Wi-Fi vacuum. It works great with Google Now making it completely hands-free with this IFTTT recipe. go all in and make the activity hands-free. You can use your voice and Google Home. Say, "OK, Google, clean up" and the robot will begin its work.
Start the Coffee maker
I’m Italian, I only drink espresso. While I’m struggling to hack my Nespresso coffee machine in order to make it prepare my coffee the moment I wake up, you still can prepare an “American” coffee thanks to Wemo-enabled coffeemakers by simply activating this IFTTT recipe and saying: “OK, Google, it’s time to wake up”. Just remember to fill the machine with grounds and water!
With a friend we were wondering how to receive notifications on Google Home. After some research, I stumbled upon this article that provides a guide on how to achieve a workaround.
This discovery triggered a couple of ideas. Among them, the most interesting and useful one was allowing Google Home to notify you when you receive any new letters.
Fortunately, someone had already created a mailbox event notifier DIY project using Moteino. The project is quite straightforward. All you need is a couple of components, a Moteino and a lot of patience.