Technology Google Home can now tell who's talking

11:46  21 april  2017
11:46  21 april  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

Google begins showing Pinterest-like shoppable photos in image search

  Google begins showing Pinterest-like shoppable photos in image search Google is starting to turn its handy image search tool into a way to shop. In some instances, tapping on an image result will now pull up a shoppable list of products featured inside the photo. So if, for example, you’re looking at a picture of a model wearing sunglasses and holding a handbag, Google may be able to display links to buy the bag and glasses, or at least a pair that’s similar to them.There are a bunch of constraints on how this works right now, but the implication is that this will eventually expand in a big way.

In this 2016 video, Google Home knows who ’ s who. Lost In Translation. When you talk to the Amazon Echo, it doesn’t simply transmit everything it hears up to the cloud. Hollywood Can't Win When It Comes To Race. Your Next iPhone Can Now Come In Red.

Google Home (Photo: Google ). Among the first things you might ask the cloud-based voice activated Google Assistant inside Google Home is to “ tell me about my day.”. Google Assistant will then rattle off the local weather, upcoming appointments, and connect you to preferred news sources.

  Google Home can now tell who's talking © Provided by USA Today

Among the first things you might ask the cloud-based voice activated Google Assistant inside Google Home is to “tell me about my day.” Google Assistant will then rattle off the local weather, upcoming appointments, and connect you to preferred news sources.

Until now, though, the standalone artificial intelligence-infused $129 speaker--Google’s rival to Amazon’s popular Alexa voice-based Echo speaker--couldn’t distinguish your voice from that of a spouse, partner or roommate.

Heck, they want to hear about their day too.

On Wednesday, Google began rolling out a feature 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 person’s voice independently. Google Home can then deliver their commute times, calendars, playlists, and so on--not yours.

Google is revealing ‘the new Google Earth’ next week

  Google is revealing ‘the new Google Earth’ next week Remember Google Earth? Once the coolest and most convenient way to explore the planet on a computer, the app has been largely cannibalized as Maps became ever more powerful. But Google hasn’t forgotten about it, and just sent out invites to the press for an event where it will unveil “the new Google Earth”.

Google introduced support for multiple Google Home users on Thursday, which means it's now capable of distinguishing whether you're talking to it, or your wife is. Each user will need to register with Google Home first, so that the assistant can understand who ' s talking .

Google Home ’ s assistant can now recognize different voices. Distinguishing voices will allow Home to be more personal in some of its responses, depending on who triggers the assistant with the phrase, ”OK Instead, it has a feature that allows Alexa to switch to a different account when told to do so.

It’s a welcome feature that addresses a potential nuisance--and is a stunt Alexa can’t yet pull off on Echo devices, though I'm sure Amazon is at work trying.

  Google Home can now tell who's talking © Provided by USA Today

You’ll need the latest Google Home app to get started. Then, look for a card that says “multi-user is available” and if you can’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, “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” twice each.  The way Google explains it, the phrases are analyzed by a neural network which can detect certain characteristics of each voice. From then on, any time you say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" to your Google Home, the neural network will compare the sound of your voice to its previous analysis to determine if it is you speaking or not, a comparison Google claims takes place in a matter of milliseconds.

Google Home can now help you find the cheapest time to fly

  Google Home can now help you find the cheapest time to fly Planning your next vacation just got a lot easier if you own a Google Home device. If you say “OK Google, how much are flights to Miami” Google will give you a quote for two weeks from now, and then ask you if you have specific dates in mind. After that Google will ask if you want to track price changes for those flights.

The smart assistant is now able to support linking different accounts to one Google Home , allowing the artificially intelligent assistant to distinguish who is talking to it. For instance, you can ask your Google Home to tell you what' s on your calendar for the day.

Google 's voice-activated assistant can now recognise who ' s talking to it on Google 's Home speaker.

Google shows off how it works in this promotional Google Home video.

A few things to keep in mind: If you have more than one Google Home in your house, you’ll have to set up each one independently even if you share the same network; voice training is local to the device.  The feature doesn’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.

I’m eager to test it out with family members in my house, and will update this post if I encounter any snags or surprises.

Google+ 'Topics' highlight active users and communities .
Google's latest feature for its social network can make your home stream look a little bit less lonely. By exploring the topics listed, you could find new or hidden communities and individuals who share your interest. It could also show you relevant collections you might not see otherwise. Google is rolling out the feature within the next day or so -- keep an eye out for it if you're looking for contacts to add, because everyone else you know is on Facebook.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!