Google Assistant is found in smart speakers such as the Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max, as well as smart displays like the Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display. It's great at answering questions, setting timers and playing music, but it's also really useful for controlling your smart home devices, such as locks, lights, and more.
But in order to get the most out of that home-automation capability, you need some smart home technology to control. Here are some of the best smart home gadgets that work with Google Assistant right now.
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The ISP100 is designed to withstand rain, sleet, snow, and hail, and can let you control your outdoor lights from the comfort of your couch. Either use iHome's smartphone app, or ask Google Assistant to turn your lights on or off. The ISP100 also works with Alexa, Nest, Samsung SmartThings, HomeKit and Wink. Unfortunately, it is US only at the moment. But there are plenty of UK options on Amazon which we have yet to test.
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Take Google Assistant to go with this powerful portable speaker. It has the Assistant built in, so once you connect it to Wi-Fi, you can ask it anything you would the Google Home or Google Home Mini. In our review of the JBL Link 20, we loved its strong, balanced audio, long battery life, and that it's water-resistant, so you can leave it out in the rain.
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Ever lie awake at night trying to remember if you locked the front door? Google Home can bring you peace of mind, with its support for the August Smart Lock Pro. Just ask Google if your door is locked, and it'll tell you — and you can lock or unlock it using your voice.
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Right out of the box, you can set up your Philips Hue lights to work with your Google Home. There are a number of Philips Hue products, but the starter set that includes a hub and three White and Color Ambiance lights is the most versatile, since it supports different colors and color temperatures. For a simpler option, pick up the Hue White Starter Kit, which doesn't do different colors, but still lets you set dimming levels.
With Smarter Coffee 2, Google Assistant brews your coffee. You can load this device with grounds or beans, and adjust the grind to suit your preferences. Using Google, the Smarter Coffee app for Android and iOS, or buttons on the machine itself, you can specify your brew, the amount you want, and how long you need it warm. It churns out a reliably good cup of coffee. Plus, with a glossy, stainless-steel exterior, it looks good in a modern kitchen.
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One of the coolest features of Google Home is the ability to instruct it to play video on a connected device. For the easiest way to integrate it with your existing gear, pick up Google's Chromecast. The little puck-size device connects to your HDTV via an HDMI cable and to your home network via Wi-Fi. Once you've hooked it up, you can, say, tell Google Home to play "Travelers" via Netflix on your Chromecast, and it'll start it right up for you. There are also audio-only and 4K versions of the Chromecast, depending on your needs.
At just $59, the Cori HD is one of the best-value security cameras you can buy. It's got an easy setup process with a simple, easy-to-navigate app, and delivers bright video with decent facial details. You can use Google Assistant to turn on the camera, and will soon be able to turn it off as well.
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