Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

A few things to keep in mind: If you have more than one Google Home in your house, you'll have to set up each one independently even if you share the same network; voice training is local to the device. Voice-personalization eventually could enable Home's users to block others from accessing the device, but Google isn't ready to do that yet. In other words, they can't tell if I'm giving it a command or you're giving it a command.

We had an early hint last week Google Home may be able to distinguish between voices, after Google appeared to shut down a Burger King advertisement that had been created to trigger the Google Home to share more about the Whopper burger. "We're just getting started and we won't be flawless", the statement said.

Consumers should also think about how this information could be used outside of the company, Shear said.

On-the-fly detection of voices sounds like a challenging problem to overcome.

Google quickly blocked Burger King's commercial from toying with the Home assistant, but the marketing stunt illustrated how the technology can be manipulated.

Those people who aren't recognized users can still ask questions of the Home device, but it won't respond to more personal queries about things like users' calendar data. So if you ask "What's my day like?"

Download the Google Home app from the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store, depending on if you have an Android phone or an iPhone. The feature is launching today for Home users in the U.S., and should arrive in the United Kingdom in the "coming months", Google said. This allows it to learn different characteristics of each person's voice. The comparison, according to Yuri, "takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds".

The feature will begin rolling out Thursday for Google Home users in the US, but will expand to the U.K.in the coming months. This was made known today by Yury Pinsky, Product Manager Google Assistant in a blog post.

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