With the price tag at just $29, it's pretty safe to assume many people got Google Home Mini as gifts this holiday season. The always-listening, voice-activated "smart speakers" are just waiting for a command. That command starts with either "Ok Google" or "Hey Google."
It's easy enough for most of us to operate but what about for non-native English speakers? What about for people who don't keep up with the latest technology?
For Redditor Ben Actis' thick-accented octogenarian grandmother, it was a matter of barking "Hey Googoo," and excessively tapping on it. At one point, she actually gets it to tell her the weather and Google Assistant's female voice scares her a little.
Once again, the future has been unevenly distributed: Makita’s coffee machine was available in Japan years ago. I can’t wait to have one of these in my kitchen. Asahi Shimbun writes: Makita’s first coffee maker went on sale in 2015. It gained in popularity because the same types of batteries as its power tools also […]
Beth Skwarecki reviewed the Motiv fitness-tracking ring and liked it a lot. I can’t get over how tiny and inconspicuous it is: it syncs wirelessly with a phone app and needs about an hour’s charge every two or three days. The limitations are that it only tracks heartrate and movement, deducing sleep, steps and active […]
The first Pomera designed for English use looks like the e-ink typewriter I’ve always wanted, and even has a cleverly-folding full-size keyboard so the whole thing fits in a pocket. Two AA batteries will power it for 20 hours of continuous use, the simple operating system also has a calender and spreadsheet, and there’ll be […]
Businesses big and small use Microsoft Excel for everything from data visualization to bookkeeping, and chances are you’ve already had some exposure to this ubiquitous tool. Whether you’re looking to improve your hiring potential or boost your Excel efficiency, the Ultimate All-Level Excel Bootcamp can get you Excel-savvy with nearly 70 hours of training, and it’s […]
The workday is long, and inevitably, you’re going to find yourself needing to take a break from the daily grind. With Mini Materials Miniature Cinder Blocks, you can take some time for yourself and decompress by turning your desk into a miniature construction site. They’re available today in the Boing Boing Store for $22.49. Handmade […]
Handheld radios might seem a bit archaic, but in an emergency situation, few things will keep you as reliably connected to the outside world. This Emergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight takes the utility of the tried-and-true radio and combines it with a powerful flashlight and self-sufficient energy system. It’s available in the Boing Boing Store for […]