Are you sick of saying "Hey Google" every single time you want to speak to Google Assistant? Thanks to a new feature simply called "Look and Talk," you won't ever need to again. As it sounds, all you'll need to do is look at the screen of your Nest smart display and begin speaking. It works with all the usual commands you normally use.
In order to use this new feature — which was announced at Google I/O 2022 — you'll have to enroll your Nest Hub Max in the program, which can be done through the Google Home app. Once enabled, the camera on the Nest Hub Max will watch out for someone to look at it, then identify the person based on Google's existing Face Match and Voice Match technology.
Google says its using Real Tone technology that it launched with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro which ensures that folks with all ranges of skin tones are correctly viewed and identified by the Nest Hub Max's camera. All this happens while you talk, so there's no added delay to the conversation.
Even if you're not comfortable with the camera seeing your face at all times, Google is rolling out more quick phrases that can be said without saying "Hey Google" first, as well. New quick phrases include commands like "turn on the hallway lights" or "set a timer for 10 minutes," as Google uses for a few examples.
Speaking of conversation, Google also showed off its next-generation language engine which can now better understand natural language elements like "um," "uh," and other moments when humans have a hard time stringing together a sentence without taking a break. Currently, Assistant tends to answer early if someone pauses, but existing and future products with powerful onboard processors like Google Tensor will be able to wait for you to finish a thought before answering.
Nest Hub Max makes your smart home more convenient with a big display, built-in camera, great speakers, and helpful information at your fingertips.
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