Voice Assistants What once seemed like the stuff of science fiction is today a reality – you can simply say the word and enjoy hands-free help when you wish to make a phone call, listen to the news, get traffic and weather updates, make to-do lists and more. This advance in home automation is an extension of your smart phone, and there are multiple ways to create a hub for your home, using hardware and apps. Regardless of your platform (iOS or Android), or the smart device you choose, a voice assistant offers hands-free help because it responds to your voice – there are no buttons to press or switches to flip. Browse our selection any time for ideas, information and platform-compatible solutions; arrange for convenient delivery using your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Compare popular options including Google Home and Google Home Mini (both deliver the hands-free functionality of the Google Assistant app and are compatible with Android and iPhone devices) along with Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot (both use the Alexa Voice Service and are compatible with Fire OS, Android, iOS and desktop browsers). Regardless of which option you select, it’s easy to enjoy a smart home because the units employ smart home technology to control devices including lights, switches and outlets, thermostats and compatible devices such as robotic vacuums, cameras, motion detectors and more, plus they allow you to ask questions and get immediate answers, stream videos to your TV, hear news and manage everyday tasks. Need to get driving directions, confirm store hours, check on flight information or add items to your shopping list? A voice assistant can do all that and play music, stream audio and even allow you to listen to your favorite podcast. Focus on what’s important – family and friends, and use technology to take care of mundane tasks.