On this episode of Smart Tech Today with Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli:
- Smart home news: the Ember Mug 2, LIFX's new candelabra bulb, Cortana reads emails now, the Tile tracker works with the Google Assistant and Alexa, and Samsung's SmartThing's platform gets offline automation support and a new Rules API.
- Google news: Google (Alphabet) has officially acquired FitBit, the Google Home app gets a visual overhaul, and the Google Assistant gets Sirius XM support.
- Security & privacy: Researchers used lasers to "speak" to Amazon Echo and Google Home devices from a distance.
- Hearables: Matthew and Mikah review Amazon's new Echo Buds and Apple's new AirPods Pro.
- Multi-voice recognition: Developers can now leverage Alexa Voice Profiles when developing Skills for Alexa-enabled devices. Matthew troubleshoots and explains HomePod's new Handoff, Ambient Noise, and automation features.
- Projects: Matthew dives deep into Shortcuts on HomePod and AirPods 2; Mikah waxes ecstatic about using motion sensors as part of his smart home setup.
- Matthew's pick: Mr. Christmas 7' Alexa Compatible RGB LED Christmas Tree
- Mikah's pick: Beddr Sleep Tuner Sleep Monitor
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- Samsung Smart Things "Rules API"
- Ember Mug 2
- LIFX candle
- Tile improvements with Google Assistant and Alexa
- Cortana can read your emails out loud
- Google acquires FitBit
- Sirius XM on Google Assistant speakers/displays
- Google Home streamlined
- MIT develops a way for autonomous delivery robots to find your front door
- Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home
- Echo Buds
- Personalize Your Alexa Experience with Voice Profiles (Generally Available)
- Handoff, Ambient noises, Home Automation
- Hands-On with HomePod’s New Music Features for HomeKit, Shortcuts, and Handoff
- Multi-user support on HomePod opens access to Siri Shortcuts
- Motion sensor - Hue
- Beddr SleepTuner Sleep Monitor
- Mr. Christmas 7' Alexa Compatible RGB LED Christmas Tree