While Google Assistant is known for bringing interesting new capabilities for all its users, it is focusing on a specific group this time around - parents.
The digital helper, according to a report from The Verge, is bringing a feature that would help parents read out bedtime stories to their kids even when they are not with them.
Here's all about it.
Kids often need parents to read out stories
For most parents, stepping out of town/country and leaving kids with a babysitter or relative is the toughest part.
You may not be available when they need you the most such as while going to sleep.
Some kids may want to listen to the bed-time stories and not settle with anyone else - a problem that is fairly common.
My Storytime feature for Google Assistant-powered Nest devices
To tackle this issue, Google is bringing a feature called My Storytime into Assistant.
The capability lets you record a story (or stories) chapter by chapter, allowing a babysitter to play them anytime by calling a Google Assistant-powered Nest device.
This way, the kids will be able to listen to your stories, even when you are thousands of miles away in reality.
Recording stories would require some work
The feature will be a treat for your kids, but its initial set-up requires a bit of work.
You'd first have to visit the My Storytime website and log in with the Google account connected with your Nest device.
Then, the site will prompt you to make short recordings for guidance like "Which story would you like to hear?" or "Should we keep reading?"
You can record stories - chapter by chapter
Once the shorter recordings are done, you can build entire story modules by recording your voice and adding chapters one after the other. You can even listen to them on the website and delete or edit them if needed.
Then, just ask the Nest device to read
After the chapters are recorded, the babysitter just has to call out Google Assistant and say "Hey Google, talk to My Storytime".
From there on, the person would simply be able to pick chapters, which the device would start playing.
The whole process, Google says, is relatively easy and the recordings are stored securely on the cloud.