7 best things your smart display can do: If you recently purchased a smart home display like Amazon’s Echo Show or the Google Home Hub, you likely heard all the rave reviews about — how it would simplify your life and you’d never know how you lived without it. But what exactly can a smart display do? We’re going to break down what we feel are the best uses of smart displays. If you haven’t purchased a smart display yet and you’re trying to figure out which one is best, we compiled a list of our favorites.
Be your personal assistant
While some people may want to keep AI out of their personal lives, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can be extremely helpful management tools, especially for families who have a lot of moving parts to their schedules.
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With these devices, all you have to say is, “Hey Google, when’s my next meeting?” or “Alexa, remind me to take out the trash at 6 p.m.” and your smart assistant will follow your command. Using devices like the Echo Show or Google Home Hub Max can help streamline your calendar and keep you organized. There are even options for personalized calendar responses with voice recognition for different members of your household.
This ability to manage grocery lists or check commutes works on smart speakers, but displays add a visual. You’ll see your calendar, commute route or weather forecast on screen for added detail. Getting that information at a glance means less time looming over logistics and more time doing what you want.
Video chat your friends and family
Staying connected with friends and family is more important than ever these days. That’s what makes using a smart display for video calling so appealing. You can use an Echo Show or Google Nest Hub Max camera and speakers to make video calls to anyone you like. These smart displays support apps like Skype, Google Duo or Zoom to stay connected with those outside your home.
The Echo Show 10 even includes face-tracking technology, so Alexa can follow you around the room and keep you in frame during video calls. Google Home Hub will allow you to connect through video calls with other Duo users. The best part is, all your calls are free.
Make sure your home is secure
Smart displays can connect to your home security system or smart security devices like video doorbells and security cameras from Ring, Nest, Blink, Arlo, and more. With a smart display at home, you can keep an eye on your front door or backyard with ease. Some new parents even use this feature as a baby monitor to make sure their newborns are staying safe.
The Echo Show 10 functions as its own smart security camera. In the Alexa app for iOS or Android, you can view the smart display camera’s live feed remotely from anywhere. The Nest Hub Max can also be viewed remotely from the Nest app.