Google laid out the vision for “ambient computing” in future consumer products at its annual I/O conference overnight, as well as the launch of new smartphones and earbuds along with the first. watch it.
With the new hardware combined with upgrades the company’s Search offer, voice assistant and Android software, Google’s head of devices and services, Rick Osterloh, said the company’s goal is to provide assistance to its customers when they need it, that they don’t have to focus on. on a specific gadget.
“In a world with so many devices, people don’t want to spend their lives bothering with technology. An ambient approach can put technology out of your way,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter what device you’re using, or what context you’re in, or whether you’re typing or talking or tapping, the technology in your life has to work together seamlessly.”
Privacy and security innovations allow Google to create new, personalized cross-device experiences, he said, including between phones, smart home devices, tablets, wearables and displays.
“We’re working towards a world where the front door knows when to lock itself, and your devices know whether to send an incoming call to your phone, your earbud or your watch. .Your TV will stop on its own when you get up to have a snack. “
Specific examples shown at the conference include an upgrade to the Nest Hub Max smart display that lets it know you’re talking to it by analyzing your viewing direction and other data, so as not to you have to say “Hey Google”. However in order to use it, users have to opt in and give the device permission to listen to them through microphones and search for them through a camera.
The company has also combined several types of product information with its Search, so that users can point their phone camera at a pair of white shoes but specify that they want it blue, and get web results from to retailers.