One of the advantages that movies and TV shows have over reading books is that they’re usually accompanied by visual effects, sound effects, and background music that can help set the tone. However there are benefits to reading books as well, and if you’re trying to encourage that habit, Google and Disney might have the solution. Google is expanding on features that are for fun, with storytelling sound effects. Parents in the US can activate a feature by saying “Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney.” As you read select Little Golden Books aloud, Google Home will play relevant sound effects and music to bring the story to life. Google partnered with Disney, to include family favorites like Moana and Coco.
Below, find the full list of Little Golden books supported :
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol
- The Three Little Pigs
- Alice in Wonderland
- Jack Jack Attack
- Mickey Mouse and his Spaceship
- Toy Story 3
- Peter Pan
- Mickey Mouse Goes Christmas Shopping
- Ara the Star Engineer
- Lion King
Google Home can add sound effects and music to story time
Google wanted to reflect the way families actually read, so If you skip ahead in the book, it will recognize and jump ahead, if you pause, it will just play ambient music until you begin reading again, automatically keeping track of the reader’s voice and flow. No other commands are possible when the read-along feature is engaged.
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The feature works with Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max in US. Home Hub, along with whole family of smart displays support is in the works. The idea is interesting, and adds another way a smart speaker can augment existing family activities. Stories optimized for this type of interactivity may make reading along with a smart speaker even more fun.
For parents who want to give their kids access to the Assistant on Google Home, create an account for kids under 13 through Family Link, then link their Google Account and voice to Google Home. So, next time you’re cozying up with one of your favorite Disney stories, let Google Home enhance the score.