Smart speakers are pleasing to the ars and react to voice commands. Tablets provide plenty of fun and
function at your fingertips. But
what if a device could combine the best
elements of both and serve as the digital
heart of your home—a personal assistant
capable of sound and visual displays
that’s responsive to voice and touch?
These gadgets have finally arrived
in the form of a compact smart display
device with the Google Assistant built in.
They essentially wed a touch screen to
a smart speaker to offer even greater
functionality and control of connected
devices within the home.
Sights and sound!
Smart displays merge
speaker and screen
by ERIK J. MARTIN
An extra touch of convenience
Why add a touch screen to a smart
speaker? Consider the advantages of
smart display personal assistants:
• Put one in the kitchen and quickly
search for recipes that visually and
vocally list step-by-step instructions.
• Have it display your digital family
photos and albums saved to your Google
• Keep one in the bedroom and it will
greet you in the morning with a spoken
and visual wake-up alarm, current time
reading, weather and work commute
forecasts, and a rundown of your day’s
appointments and preset reminders.
• Station it in the family room for
handy You Tube bingeing or hearing
fave tunes from your playlist.
You can see the list of options at this
smart displays from
Google and Lenovo
in the warehouses
and on Costco.com.
You can also find smart
speakers at Costco.