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Google Reveals Second Generation Of Smart Gear
Google's Oct. 4 reveal of its second-generation "Made by Google" products invites consumers to buy things that can learn the details of our lives and talk among themselves about how best to suit our preferences. Here are some of the new highlights for all you gear heads out there.
Pixel 2 phone's improved camera and display come with increased support for augmented reality experiences, unlimited online storage and a first look at Google Lens image recognition. In other words, Google's backend will try to identify what's around you and make helpful suggestions.
Coming soon, "Clips" clip-on cameras make up their own minds when to take a picture, so you don't need to click, promising a higher level of spontaneity in candid shots of family and events.
Spread around the house, a Google Mini can go everywhere and the Max is for special places where a bigger-than-usual smart speaker fits right in. Each will pay attention to your commands, and all can work together to balance sound production between rooms. The new "Google, Broadcast …" command lets family announcements take over the network like a public address system for next-gen nagging.
Wireless headphones optimized for Google Assistant, Pixel Buds recognize nearby Pixel phones and let Google Assistant translate languages for you, supporting 40 languages for real-time translation.
Billed as "the first laptop with the Assistant built in," this versatile Pixelbook laptop unit can be set up in several shapes for on-the-go lifestyles while providing higher performance than previous Chromebooks and being optimized for virtual assistant.
The new-model Daydream virtual reality goggles feature a sharper, wider picture as well as comfort improvements. The Pixelbook Pen promises increased sensitivity.
Google gear is meant to support your unique lifestyle, learning as you go and improving its recognition and recommendations on the fly. If any of this seems a little disorienting or weird … savor that feeling. Google is betting we will soon all take the convenience of smart-device interactions for granted, as our personal Internets of Things change with our lifestyles in real time.