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Why do most smart assistants offer little, if any, customisation of the wake word?

Yes there are several reasons. This blog post explains it about the Echo and the wake word Alexa. I'll summarize a bit. Wake word recognition is done locally and in real-time. That limits the ...
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How can I connect a local Arduino to my Google Assistant without relying on cloud services?

Cloud-based services are unlikely to offer much 'local-lan' functionality without some competitive pressure. Specifically, a lan implementation requires a local hub. That could be the service's native ...
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Can an Android phone do the same things as Google Home (Mini)?

If the phone is new enough to run a version of Android with full Google Assistant then it should work for most things. The main points that differ will be: The microphone on the phone won't be ...
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Is it possible to train the "Google Home" device for different styles of pronunciation?

Basically what you can do for training by yourself is to retrain the device for your voice. You'll say consecutive times the wake words as they are prompted by the app. I found a post stating you ...
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Can Alexa be trained to use preferred volume levels?

At the moment, it is impossible to set a schedule for Alexa's volume, according to this reddit thread. Instead, you must manually tell Alexa to "set volume to 0" at night, then set volume to [your ...
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Why do most smart assistants offer little, if any, customisation of the wake word?

Is there any technical reason for restricting wake word customization When assistant device is not in use, the application processor (I think ARM in case of Alexa as well as Google Home) is suspended ...
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Controlling electric heater by thermostat (IFTTT, Alexa, Google Home)

This is a dangerous idea, what happens if the internet goes down after turning the device on? If you want a device that can be remote controlled I suggest you look for one that is a device that hosts ...
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Add delays to Google Home routines

Google finally added this as part of the home assistant app! It's now a default function. If you need a full guide with pictures I'll link some below. But simply put all you need to do is when you are ...
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Does the Samsung Galaxy smart ring have a flight mode?

Unless I have missed something, it does not have a SIM, physical or electronic. So, it does not need flight mode. Bluetooth and wifi are allowed to be used on the plane. So, it has no need for a ...
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Alexa won't turn on/off my lamp anymore

When this issue first came up, I created an Alexa routine as a workaround. This routine would use the trigger "Alexa, turn on my lamp", like before. When I said this, Alexa would then ...
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Connecting Devices In Home

Google Assistant is not something you buy, you buy devices that support Google Assistant to varying degrees (e.g. a Nest Home Hub Max supports just about everything possible, where as a Google Home ...
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