I thought I’d write about my opinion on the Google Home appliance. First I have to say, these personal assistant devices are the device I never thought I needed. After a night of use I can honestly say that cannot live without one (a bit of exaggeration but we use it all the time). Just to be able to set a timer while cooking to remind you to flip something or that the washing machine is done is worth the cost. Stick your head in the fridge to see that you have only a little bit of ketchup, “Ok Google, add ketchup to the shopping list”. Even my kids are adding things to the shopping list that they want for lunches 🙂 The integration with my Nest thermostat is seamless. I don’t have any smart lights at this time but I see that would be really cool to control via voice (they are still too expensive for me). I am also a subscriber of Google Play Music and we can use it to play any song that pops into our head. Kids want to spell a word, Dad needs to convert ounces to milliliters, no problem.
Looks beautiful, very stylish design
Touch sensitive on the top for volume and pausing
Good sound, I like the bass better than my Amazon Echo (gen 1)
Personal voice recognition (knows the different family members)
If you are a part of the Google ecosystem this fits in nicely
Wake word is too many syllables, Ok Google or Hey Google is four and three syllables, where Alexa is just one
If you are a member of a different streaming service I don’t know how well it is integrated to that service
It’s that time of the year again. Gets colder, the snowing starts and I move to the treadmill indoors (yeah, I’m a fair weather runner). Running outside is a bit monotonous and running on a treadmill is even more. When I had a gym membership the treadmills had videos of scenic locations when someone would run with a camera in front of them recording the run. I loved them, I would just zone out, listen to a podcast and run virtually in New Zealand.
What makes a good video for me?
Quality of the video
Not too shakey
Just ambient sound, no music
Speed needs to be close to running, no walking
Length needs to be long enough to get a good run in
Wailae Beach Path by Strings and Wings 61
Fantastic, great duration, great quality, but this is the only running video from String and Wings 61! I wish he would make more.
Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach Boardwalk Virtual Run by runningvideos.tv
Great video, the sun is behind the camera making a great visibility in to everything going on and there seems to be a lot happening on the boardwalk. There is a previous video going the other way along the beach but it’s into the sun but still pretty fun. It’s a bit short so maybe only for a 5k.