How-To Create Google Routines: Immersive Storytelling with Ambient Scenes and Sounds

How-To Create Google Routines: Immersive Storytelling with Ambient Scenes and Sounds


Google: Ok, here is a story from Google Play
Books. It’s called “The mighty old turtle”. Ha! Just teasing you! In this video, I’ll show you how to create
Routines. It’s really easy and one of my strongest features! Before we begin, if you have not
seen our bedtime story yet, here’s my part from our “Three little Monkeys”! Google: the three little monkeys were not
good swimmers not like the parrot fish, or the
mighty old turtle or coconuts!
So the monkeys clung to the coconuts and swam back to the …
Alexa and Siri: Hey Google, the beach! Google: Correct! The storm was over, the sun
sent her last smile. Tired from the exciting day the three
little monkeys … fell … asleep. Alexa and Siri: Google that’s all? That’s
the whole story? Google: Hmm. Did you know according to Wikipedia
coconuts can travel 110 days or … and here is how monkeys sound!
*monkey sounds* Google: Quite impressive, isn’t it? If you
watched carefully, first I showed the two little monkeys, ahem, I mean Siri, and Alexa,
the mighty old turtle. Then, the 2 little Monkeys said: “Google,
the beach!”, and I set the lights to a sunset scene and played ocean sounds.
Suddenly they asked, “Google, that’s all?”, and I presented some Wikipedia knowledge about
coconuts. Ha, this usually works best for falling asleep.
Finally, I couldn’t resist and played some monkey sounds, which, ahem, woke up the little
monkeys! Let me show you how this magic works! For an overview of Google Routines, let’s visit my post at smartenlight.com. Impressive picture, isn’t it? So, what are my routines? My Google Routines
are as easy as: “When you say something (or at a certain time), I will perform one
or more actions.” You can either define my actions, and this
is really cool, just by entering my Google Assistant command, the way you would speak
it. Or, you can pick from my 20 popular actions, which I’ve grouped into “Home Control”,
“Plan your Day”, “Communication” and “Custom Responses”. Finally, to make it easier for you to become
familiar with my routines, I have created 6 ready-made routines, which contain helpful popular actions. Just try them by saying, “Hey Google, Good Morning”, or “Good night”, and “Hey Google, I’m leaving”, or “I’m home”. On your phone, you can try: “Hey Google, Let’s go to work”, or “Let’s go home”. No worries, for today’s examples, we will
only need my “Enter a Google Assistant command” action, which we will use to add different
actions, just by entering my voice commands. Let’s forget about the rest, you can always
look it up in my post, at smartenlight.com. We will start with my routine, “Hey Google,
the beach!” First, open my Google Home app and scroll
down to our “Monkey Room”. Let’s check that all devices which are actually in our
monkeys room, are also in the Google Home app “Monkey Room”, especially their Google
Home ,ahem, Nest Speaker. This way we won’t need to add the Monkey Room to all our Google
commands, as the Speaker knows in which room it is. Ah, this looks good. To create a routine, scroll up and tap on
the routines button. Select “Manage routines” and then tap on the blue “plus” button
at the bottom right. Now let’s configure “When I Say …” Tap on add commands and
type in, right, “… the … beach”. Tap on “save” at the top right. Wonderful! Let’s add some actions for me to do.
It’s a bedtime story, so lets dim the lights. Add an action and type in: “… Set … brightness
… to 30%”. Tap again on add action and type in: “… Set … Alexa’s … light
… to … orange red!” And now let’s add another action: “… Set
… Siri’s … light … to … gold!” Lovely sunset! Director: Sorry, but why don’t you gradually
dim your Philips Hue lights, by adding your command “Sleep my lights”? Google: Ahem, that would ruin the sunset,
because it changes the colors … Director: Even if you put it on top? Google: Ahem, yup. Then it doesn’t run. Director: Ah, I see. Google: Let’s continue. Before we play some
ambient sounds, let’s make sure that it’s not too loud. Tap on “add action” and
enter “set volume to 20%”. Now we can add the ocean sound. Tap on add action … Director: Sorry, but why don’t you use “Add
Media” and then “Sleep Sounds”? Google: Ahem, because we cannot control “for
how long” there. And the little monkeys would wake up, if we play the ocean sounds
throughout the night. Director: Ah, ok. Google: Yup! So let’s just enter a command
”… Play … ocean … sounds … for … 30 … minutes”.
Yeah! We’re ready! Next time, the 2 little monkeys say: “Hey
Google, the beach!” I will set the perfect light scene and play soothing ocean sounds. What a lovely beach sunset! Now to my other examples. Let me show you how the mighty old turtle
trick works. Let’s create a new routine, and call it,
“the turtle”. To play a video from YouTube, we just need
to play the title, and add “from YouTube” and “on which Chromecast or Display” to
play. So, let’s add an action “Play … Siri, … Alexa … and Google …. wish you a Happy
… New … Year 2019 … from YouTube … on Monkey TV” Director: Sorry, that’s a long title, and
we have the year 2020! Google: Ahem, our 2020 music clip was a bit
too short, so we left it only on Instagram, on loop. Director: Ah, ok. Google: Where were we? Ah, yes. Let’s add
another request to clarify “ … how … far … can … coconuts … travel”. Wonderful! We’re ready! Next time, the 2 little monkeys say: “Hey
Google, the turtle!” I’ll play the clip of our mighty old turtle and tell them: “According
to Wikipedia, It is also often stated that coconuts can travel 110 days or 3000 miles
by sea.” Amazing, isn’t it. Director: Sorry, but the next sentence says
that this figure has been questioned based on the extremely small sample size. Supposedly
it’s much shorter? Google: Ahem, oops. Director: Ha! Hey Google, how does a turtle
sound? Google: This is a turtle *Turtle Sound*

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