With the ongoing global pandemic, distance learning is fast becoming a choice that more and more parents have to make. Today, Google announced new features for assistant and Nest hubs that should help with school at home. Family Bell will provide your school day structure, and new commands can help start the day right.
As a parent with a child who goes to school at a distance, Family Bell is perhaps the most exciting feature announced today. You probably remember the school bell when you were in school which meant the beginning and end of the lesson. Family Bell emulates it, even if it does not play a bell.
Instead, Family Bell is closer to a messaging system. You can let it announce everything you like from “time to start math class” to “take a plunge, super-student.” You create Family Bells from Nest Hubs or from Google Assistant on your Android phone or iPhone, and you can specify which devices will play a particular Family Bell.
If you want more traditional sounds, try the command “Hello Google, start the school day” or “school in session.” Your Nest Hub will show school-themed art, play a school bell sound and follow it up with traditional school sounds like talking in a hallway and opening and closing cabinets. Family Bell is rolling out right now.
Sending to each Nest Hub in the house is a popular Google Assistant command, but to help with the school day, you can now send to a specific Nest Hub. Just say, “Shipping to [room name], “Followed by your message.
And Google adds fun school facts and activities to the assistant as well. You can ask for animal facts to hear fun facts about animals every day or play a children’s game to discover new games to play with your children. It will not completely replace the school experience, but it can provide some familiarity to the home.