Google is aware of users who do not like having cameras in their houses, but it still needs to provide helpful functions that rely on devices knowing if you are present. In the end, the whole concept behind ambient computing is predicated on machines all around adapting to and sensing you. As the Nest Hub Max is the only smart home machine by Google to come with a camera, the firm had to find a method for its other goods to know when you are around. Using ultrasound sensing, a new faction it rolled out this week, Google might have understood out an effectual workaround.
If you will remember, the camera of Hub Max allowed it to detect who was before it and surface what Google dubbed as Proactive Notifications. Say your roommate comes before the display. The Hub Max can commute time and show their upcoming appointments.
The tinnier Nest Hub, however, cannot do this, as it does not have a camera and hence cannot detect if anybody’s around, not to cite who specifically is walking by. Ultrasound sensing, although, can assist. It is launching out to latest Nest devices, particularly the Nest Hub Max, Nest Hub, Nest WiFi Point, and Nest Mini in the months to come.
On a related note, if you are the kind of individual who goes all out every Halloween decorating your house to make it the neighborhood’s star, Google needs to assist you. Beginning this week, the firm is upgrading video doorbells (Nest Hello) to include a new seasonal ringtone to assist make the correct surrounding for the year’s spookiest day.
Once you turn on the feature via the Nest application, rather than a standard ringtone, people will listen to a rotating cast of characters that comprises a ghost, a “cackling witch,” a scary monster, and a vampire anytime they ring your doorbell.