Google Home can now tell who’s talking – Detroit Free Press
Among the first things you might ask the cloud-based voice activated Google Assistant inside Google Home is to Ã¢Â€Âœtell me about my day.Ã¢Â€Â Google Assistant willÃ‚Â then rattle off the local weather, upcoming appointmentsÃ‚Â and connect you to preferred news sources.
Until now, though, the standalone artificial intelligence-infused $129 speaker Ã¢Â€Â” GoogleÃ¢Â€Â™s rival to AmazonÃ¢Â€Â™s popular Alexa voice-based Echo speaker Ã¢Â€Â” couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t distinguish your voice from that of a spouse, partner or roommate.
Heck, they want to hear about their day too.
Google began rolling out a feature this week to remedy the situation in households with a shared Google Home unit: the ability for up to six people to connect their account to that unit and, following a brief training period, have the speaker recognize each personÃ¢Â€Â™s voice independently. Google Home can then deliver their commute times, calendars, playlistsÃ‚Â and so on Ã¢Â€Â”Ã‚Â not yours.
ItÃ¢Â€Â™s a welcome feature that addresses a potential nuisance Ã¢Â€Â” and is a stunt Alexa canÃ¢Â€Â™t yet pull off on Echo devices, though Ã‚Â Amazon no doubt is at work trying.
YouÃ¢Â€Â™ll need the latest Google Home app to get started. Then, look for a card that says Ã¢Â€Âœmulti-user is availableÃ¢Â€Â and if you canÃ¢Â€Â™t find it, click the icon in the upper right to locate your connected devices, and make sure to link your account.
Google asks you to train your voice by saying the phrases, Ã¢Â€ÂœOKÃ‚Â GoogleÃ¢Â€Â and Ã¢Â€ÂœHey GoogleÃ¢Â€Â twice each.Ã‚Â The way Google explains it, the phrases are analyzed by a neural network thatÃ‚Â can detect certain characteristics of each voice. From then on, any time you say “OKÃ‚Â Google” or “Hey Google” to your Google Home, the neural network will compare the sound of your voice to its previous analysis to determine whetherÃ‚Â it is you speaking or not, a comparison Google claims takes place in a matter of milliseconds.
AÃ‚Â few things to keep in mind: If you have more than one Google Home in your house, youÃ¢Â€Â™ll have to set up each one independently even if you share the same network; voice training is local to the device.Ã‚Â The feature doesnÃ¢Â€Â™t work on smartphones that incorporate the Google Assistant either, though phones of course are more personal anyway.
Google also adds that the feature is not available for kids under 13.
The feature rollout comes to the U.S. first and will expand to the U.K. in coming months, Google says.
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