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# 243281 4-Dec-2018 10:51
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I was purchasing a Google Home Mini for myself when, in a moment of madness, I added a second one to the order as a Christmas present for a family member who is difficult to buy for. They haven't arrived yet, but will hopefully be here before Christmas.

 

The family member in question is on the non-techie side, with a low tolerance for messing around. To be honest, she is often downright grumpy. I may have made a mistake in gift choice.

 

What I will need to do on Christmas day is set it up for them, and then hopefully show them a couple of "neat" things that it can do to hopefully pique their interest and convince them it's worth sticking with. Otherwise I suspect they may just toss it in a cupboard and complain about silly gift choices for the next year (been there before, cough, chromecast, cough!).

 

So, for those with one already, what are five or six impressive things that can be easily shown off to persuade them it's fun and useful - and that work in NZ.

 

I know they have decent internet (I set it up) and a decent router (I brought it). So it should connect and run just fine.

 

In terms of uses to show off, I know about getting a weather forecast, setting a timer and setting an alarm. Other suggestions welcome.

 

 

 

 


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  # 2139154 4-Dec-2018 11:14
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- I dont wear a watch so am constantly asking it the time
- Public transport re the train, assume it would do bus times to
- Cooking timer
- Alarm for mornings, although have had it not go off previously so usually use my phone.
- Music streaming control, probably what I use it most for


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  # 2139157 4-Dec-2018 11:18
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set up and forget:

 

- music (google play, free spotify, free tuneIn radios)
- alarm
- kitchen timer
- weather updates
- reminders

 

more techie:

 

- control smart power sockets
- control smart devices (robot vacuum/lights)
- tv/chromecast control





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  # 2139211 4-Dec-2018 12:27
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conversions eg mpg to l/100km, cups to ml

 

drive time , how long from Parnell, Auckland  to Kumeu? and it then sent the directions to my phone!

 

arithmetic , saves finding a calculator, or picking up your phone, 930/45

 

cast of tv shows or films while watching

 

And obviously , get facts to win an argument

 

and try recipes, never actually used , but it does give you step by step instructions at your pace, obviously a screen with Google Home integrated would be better

 

 


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  # 2139217 4-Dec-2018 12:42
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And obviously , get facts to win an argument

 

 

And the internet is ALWAYS right. 

 

 





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  # 2139219 4-Dec-2018 13:01
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The thing we've used a bit is when you find you're running out of something in the cupboard you can get Google to add it to the shopping list - and this is on your phone. Since last update it is a bit harder to find the shopping list on your phone though....


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  # 2139226 4-Dec-2018 13:21
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What does it use for the shopping list....... a 3rd party app, note... ?

 

 





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  # 2139234 4-Dec-2018 13:26
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Things, I'm always using mine for:

 

Timers

 

Play Radio NZ (via routines (shortcuts) and tunein radio)

 

Tuning on and off lights (Have a Philips Hue)

 

Voice controlled TV/amp (with logitech hub/chromecasts)

 

Playing spotify

 

Letting the kids entertain themselves.

 

Asking to  translate words into French

 

Asking random questions

 

 

 

Shopping lists are a bit naff at the moment, but they say integration with Todolist and Google Keep is coming soon


 
 
 
 


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  # 2139357 4-Dec-2018 17:30
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xpd:

 

What does it use for the shopping list....... a 3rd party app, note... ?

 

It uses some weird webapp that opens up in a mobile browser. Really not intuitive at all and really hard to find.


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  # 2139361 4-Dec-2018 17:46
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In the morning I ask it to "play radio New Zealand" and "what's the weather today?". General Google searches are fun too - "what's the capital of...", "what time is it in London", "what's the name of that actor in Ferris Beuller's day off", etc... I have it linked to my Philips Hue systems so can ask it turn the lights on or off, or to change the brightness or colour. I also have a Chromecast connected to my TV so I can ask Google Home to play a YouTube video: "play the latest Dave 2D video on Google TV" ("Google TV" is what I've called my chromecast). But for pure enjoyment factor, I think the music integration is best - it's fun to have friends over and to shout out random requests to Google Home to play an obscure song you haven't heard in years. I use Google Play Music but I believe that Spotify works well too. When we put up the Christmas tree on the weekend I called out: "hey Google, play my Christmas playlist" and seconds later, we're all swinging to the Pogues! :-)


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  # 2140615 6-Dec-2018 14:51
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it integrates pretty well with the chromecast so probably worth pulling it out of the cupboard

 

 

 

play cat videos on youtube, play x on netflix etc


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  # 2140677 6-Dec-2018 16:49
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If you turn on the CEC on their tv, you can use the Home to turn it on and off via the Chromecast. I have my Samsung bedroom tv (probably 5 years old) set up to do this.




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  # 2140693 6-Dec-2018 17:16
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@Dingbatt brilliant idea I had not thought of that. Does it matter what model Chromecast?





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  # 2140766 6-Dec-2018 18:41
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JimmyH:

 

What I will need to do on Christmas day is set it up for them, and then hopefully show them a couple of "neat" things that it can do to hopefully pique their interest and convince them it's worth sticking with. Otherwise I suspect they may just toss it in a cupboard and complain about silly gift choices for the next year (been there before, cough, chromecast, cough!).

 

 

I wouldnt give anyone that did that anything ever again. 2 homes is better than one so keep it for yourself.





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  # 2140767 6-Dec-2018 18:42
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MikeB4:

 

@Dingbatt brilliant idea I had not thought of that. Does it matter what model Chromecast?

 

 

I have 3 of the first gen ones with crap wifi on some small TVs around the house and the ones with CEC (veon and some other brand) it works fine to power them off and on, and choose the input to play things.





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  # 2140781 6-Dec-2018 18:45
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amanzi:

 

xpd:

 

What does it use for the shopping list....... a 3rd party app, note... ?

 

It uses some weird webapp that opens up in a mobile browser. Really not intuitive at all and really hard to find.

 

 

It used to use "Keep", which was easy enough to use - has that changed?


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