Why isn’t voice shopping working?

When the Echo launched back in 2014, it was assumed that it would be more than just an assistant, that it would become Amazon’s new store front: “its driving force, the beat in its heart, will be to accept your money as efficiently as possible.” As recently as this March, a a market research report … Continue reading Why isn’t voice shopping working?

Cooking with voice: misadventures in the kitchen with Google Home

Two weeks ago I attended an event at Yummly, a recipe app recently bought by Whirlpool that’s trying to make a smarter kitchen. There is a big push to make cooking easier while having appliances do more by tying their behaviour, whether it be finding ingredients in the fridge, identifying them on a supermarket shelf, … Continue reading Cooking with voice: misadventures in the kitchen with Google Home

Apple enters the smart speaker fray – a bit late and a bit short

Apple is hosting its developer's conference this week and kicked things off yesterday with keynote with all their product announcements. Presented last, but predicted by many Apple followers, was their new smart speaker, called HomePod. Despite the precedence set by Google and Amazon, Apple’s focus is different and starts with music. Apple’s Phil Schiller said … Continue reading Apple enters the smart speaker fray – a bit late and a bit short

Welcome to my home, Google

As a family, we’ve been playing around with Google Home for the past few weeks and one thing I can say right off the bat: it fits right in. Within a short period of time Home has become our central music player, our question answerer and fact-verifier, and even our own personal game show host. … Continue reading Welcome to my home, Google