On Tuesday, The Verge reported Google developed a new feature for Google Assistant that will make waking up a little easier. The digital agent will utilize a machine learning program, and user location data to create customized alarm clock alerts. Though currently only available on one device, it might become a ubiquitous productivity resource.
Besides, Google revealed its working on a next-generation streaming device that has some appealing technical specifications.
Google’s Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Alarm Clock Feature
Presently, Google Assistant’s alarm clock plays either an irritating ringtone or a preselected song at a specific time. While effective, the program still has the traditional alarm clock problem of annoying the user back to consciousness. However, the Big Tech firm has found a solution that might make getting out of bed a bit more pleasant.
The corporation’s new Google Assistant feature is called Impromptu, and it works with an open-source machine learning music program called Magenta. After a user creates an alarm clock reminder, the digital agent will interface with the artificial intelligence (AI) program. Specifically, it will tell the music application when its owner needs to wake up and the weather in their area.
Using that data, Magenta will craft an original composition tailored to fit the user’s wake up call. In theory, the program’s custom ringtones will be less jarring and irritating than a traditional alarm tone. Indeed, the feature’s soothing instrumental tracks are more pleasant than blaring electronic sounds. Plus, Impromptu’s endless supply of new songs will cut down on the irritation of consistently waking up to the same tone.
Currently, the program is only available on Lenovo’s Smart Clock with the Google Assistant. But as the feature is part of Google’s widely available digital agent, the firm will likely add it to a host of products in the future.
Google’s Next-Generation Streaming Device
Google also made an announcement regarding its hardware development on December 10. The firm noted its working on a new set-top box designed to facilitate its streaming media offerings.
The conglomerate stated its ADT-3 device has a quad-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU and will run on 2BG of DDR3 memory. The dongle will be equipped with an HDMI 2.1 port that can output 4K HDR content at 60 fps. Moreover, the corporation indicated developers could gain access to the peripheral via an unnamed original equipment manufacturer.
XDA Developers notes the device’s remote will allow users to queue up high-quality movie and TV content via Android TV. It will also reportedly enable gamers to play titles available via Google Stadia. While the cloud gaming platform is compatible with a host of devices, Google might offer enhanced functionality via its own dongle.
XDA also reports the ADT-3 isn’t a consumer product. Instead, the Silicon Valley giant intends to distribute the peripheral via its pay-TV partners. As cable providers have made headlines by losing more than one million customers per quarter this year, high-end streaming devices as a subscription add-on might be a useful consumer incentive.