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Playing music on your Google speaker

Jan 15, 2021 / by Anthony Micallef

If your emitto™ system came with a Google assistant-enabled speaker, such as a Nest Mini, Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, you can use it just like any other Google assistant. This includes playing music. This guide will show you how to connect a Spotify account and Bluetooth headphones so that you can listen to your music whenever you want, completely hands-free. When you get your Google speaker, it will be connected to YouTube Music's free services by default. Without following any of the additional steps in this guide, you can simply say "Okay Google, play music" and music will start playing on your speaker. You can also specify the artist, album, or song. As you use Google to play music, it will learn your musical preferences. Then, using commands such as "Okay Google, play music" will get better at playing music you like.

Topics : Voice Control, Voice Technology, Google Speaker

Navigating and socializing with friends and loved ones using your phone, hands-free

Nov 4, 2020 / by Novalte

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are asked to #StayHome, practice #SocialDistancing, and keep proper hygiene to slow the spread of it. Keeping ourselves inside the home, avoiding going out to public and holding gatherings could lead to increased anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness. Let’s put ourselves into the shoes of the elderly who are now living in long-term care or assisted-living facilities where visits and social activities are now reduced, life would be more difficult for them. Fortunately, there are new technologies that could enable them to socialize online with friends and family members whilst keeping themselves from touching surfaces. This article will introduce Apple’s newest Voice Control technology that allows everyone who owns an Apple smart device to navigate and use social media by voice commands. It is written in the hope of sharing with you some ideas to help the elderly reach out to their friends and family members and stay positive. 

Topics : Voice Control, Voice Technology

Using Google Voice Access to connect with loved ones without touching your phone

Oct 20, 2020 / by Novalte

What is Voice Access?

Voice Access is a new and free app developed by Google that enables everyone to use a mobile device via voice commands, completely hands-free. It works similarly to how you use voice commands with Google Assistant and it can be operated in English, Spanish, German, Italian or French. Even though it is originally developed for people with mobility challenges, it is also beneficial for those who are multitasking, having their hands full or trying to limit themselves from touching surfaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics : Voice Control, Voice Technology