Essential Home is the newest home assistant that wants to dim your lights

May 30th, 2017   decode   Android 7.1

Along with the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin’s new company also announced the Essential Home, a home assistant along the lines of Amazon Echo and Google Home. Except this one has a display on it.

The Essential Home is a round hockey puck like device with an angled top that houses a circular display. Like other home assistants, the Essential Home will let you give commands and ask questions using your voice. You can ask it to play music and because it has a speaker it will play on the device itself. You can ask it to set a timer or remind you of something. The usual stuff.

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