Why I Wake Up With Voice

Patrick Stepanek
Oct 21, 2018 · 2 min read

How do you wake up in the morning?

It is something that is seemingly insignificant but plays a huge role in productivity during the day.

Perhaps you start yours with a cup of coffee or tea.

I do too, but there is something else even more energizing I have been filling my mornings with recently: Google Home’s “start my day”.

Photo from Voice First Tech’s Instagram captured by Ben Kolde: https://www.instagram.com/p/BpDfRuZAObV/?taken-by=voicefirsttech

The first thing my Google Home says to me is the time. It is usually the time from the alarm I set the night before. All you say is “Hey Google set my alarm for 7 am” and you’re ready for a good night’s sleep.

Next is my schedule. Google reminds me of all the events I scheduled for the day, and if I ever want to add or remove any, all it takes is a quick question and google updates the calendar.

The next one is key, something I use to have to do every day myself and sometimes forgot. The Weather! Google lets me know if I need a rain jacket or can expect it to snow.

It’s all topped off with my morning news. But not the old-fashioned way. Not one second is wasted on a commercial, or an ad, or even a segment I don’t care about. I hand selected my favorite media sources and added them to my morning routine. Now when I wake up I get all my financial and world news in just enough time to finish my coffee.

But the morning routine is just one of Google Home’s massively useful features. And for less than $50, it is bringing me more value than any other device or item I own. These devices have the potential to eliminate spending time on any menial task. And the apps that have been developed today are a tip of the iceberg compared the industry voice will be decades from now.

This is just a small example of the time that can be saved by voice devices. Every aspect of your life can be automated. Not in a creepy dystopian future like in Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”, although it has the potential to be. If used with good and not evil, voice has the potential to allow every human to spend more time with their family and doing the things they love. And there is nothing dystopian about that.

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