As anyone with kids can attest, the wee ones love talking to Google Assistant. And it didn’t take long for Google to pick up on that fact either. That’s why this week the launch of Google Assistant for families, a new experience that allows the whole family to capitalize on the technology while playing, learning and hanging out.
“We created this to provide a new experience for kids and families,” says Lilian Rincon, the product management director for Google Assistant. “It helps them to do things together and to learn and grow.”
It’s also pretty cool according to real-life parents (that’s us). The experience is compatible for anyone with a Google device, eligible Android phones, third-party speakers with Google Assistant support, or those with Google Assistant on their iPhones. And the list of things it can do is pretty expansive. For example…
Have more control over kids content
If you’re concerned about what your kids are using Google Assistant for, the families launch should put any and all fears to rest. Rincon says you can program it to restrict what your kids can access with their own personal accounts, and Google will use Voice Match recognition to ensure those restrictions stay in place. Each account can recognize up to six voices, making it perfect for the entire family.
How Canadian of them. Google Assistant has teamed with Boukili Audio and for this interactive activity that helps kids (and adults!) learn French. With Boukili Audio you can test French listening, comprehension and memory of stories on a variety of subjects, from animals and nutrition to music and travelling.
Stay up-to-date on kids news
If you want to teach your youngins the importance of keeping up with world events, just tell Google Assistant to “Play CBC Kids News.” The program will play the latest local, national and international stories that are relevant to kids today, while placing a strong focus on media literacy. Double win.
Choose your own ‘Wiggles’ adventure
It’s no secret that kids wig out for The Wiggles, so partnering with the popular program was a no-brainer. With Google Assistant for families your kids can now, “Talk to the Wiggles” and have access to a customized experience in which they travel through town to find friends, sing songs, dance, and play games. And here we just had regular old books as kids.
Why write a letter to the Jolly Old Elf when you could ring him up on the phone instead? Okay so we’re still on board to actually write letters, but this is pretty cool too. Tell Google to, “Call Santa” and you’ll connect to the North Pole, where Santa is rehearsing for a musical concert. Timely and fun.
There are tons of interactive games available with a little imagination—you just have to ask. From playing “Lucky Trivia for Families” and musical chairs, to freeze dancing or asking for “a game” in general, Google has lots of options for families looking to play together.
Help with homework
Whether you need to know a translation or you want to fact check a math question, Google Assistant for families is happy to help with homework. But you can also use it to acquire some general knowledge without a specific homework assignment. Find out what sound a specific animal makes (we dare you to ask it to make a fox sound, for example) or maybe get it to demonstrate an instrument you’ve always been curious about instead.
Entertain you in general
Let’s face it—sometimes you just need a little extra entertainment in your life, and that’s where this experience comes in handy. You can ask Google to tell you a family-friendly joke or story, deliver a fun-to-repeat tongue-twister, sing a song, or even assign a random challenge. The possibilities are endless, and with even more releases coming in the near future (think , for one), it sounds like Google Assistant for Families is a sure-fire win.
Hey Google, thanks for branching out to families.