See what I did there?
Last week, a friend of a friend at Google invited me along to find out how Google will change the future. The pitch?
Let’s face it, we’re all busy. Whether you’re plotting the fastest public transport route across London, trying to order a drink in Paris en Français, or cheating at a pub quiz, Google is there to help you get the information you need. Fast. We’d like to invite you to Google House, where you’ll see first-hand how Google can help make the lives of you and your customers easier.
And they weren’t wrong. But first, let’s take look awesome #GoogleHouse is (or was).
The Teenager Bedroom
The Living Room
Basically, this beautiful four storey house in London’s Fitzrovia was turned into a Googley-fied house of the future.
And it was awesome.
Obligatory ‘Whatley wearing Google Glass’ photo.
Three things I learnt:
- Google Chromecast? I want one of those. It’s a bit cheeky of Google to demo a product
that isn’t currently available in the UK(EDIT: Amazon UK has Chromecast available now!) but still, it was really cool. In fact, any of you reading this in the US, I’ll PayPal you the money right now. Come on, let’s do this.
- Google’s voice-activated search and translation is incredible. It’s unbelievable how much it has come on over the past year or so and it easily blows Siri out of the water. Everything from contextual awareness re previous/current searches, through to actually translating a conversation between two people, LIVE, is amazing. Very, very impressive indeed.
- Google Glass was cool, but not for me (yet). I used someone else’s set, and it was a noisy room, and they weren’t connected to my device (which is a key part of the experience). So yeah, not yet.
Overall? I had a LOT of fun and it’s great to see Google step up their game in the consumer-facing market here in the UK.
Long may it continue.
PS. Big love to the amazing guys over at the Sorted Food. They ran the Google/Kitchen demo and I’ve been watching their videos ever since. Check them out.
PPS. More photos over on Google+ (natch).