During last week’s Google I/O keynote, the company officially announced “Look and Talk” functionality for the Nest Hub Max we’re tracking. Now, a few days later, this feature seems to be rolling out widely.
Available now in the Google Home app via a server-side update, Nest Hub Max owners can enable ‘Look and Talk’ which allows the dash cam to detect your gaze and activate the microphone for commands. without the keyword “Hey Google”. . The feature is internally codenamed “Bluesteel”, a pretty hilarious little joke.
This feature is currently disabled by default, but is relatively easy to enable. To do this, go to the Google Home app, then your Nest Hub Max, then Settings on that device. Under ‘Recognition and Sharing’, the feature can be found under the ‘Face Matching’ menu. Just enable the setting to make it work.
When activating the feature, Google offers some additional details on how the feature works. This includes the mention of a 5 foot span. You will need to be within 5 feet for the microphones to turn on. Google also reminds that Face Match and Voice Match are used to make sure everything works.
In our testing, Google’s brief explanation certainly seems to match how the feature works. Standing in the middle of my kitchen, probably 7 feet away, the microphones don’t trigger. It’s not until I get closer to the counter, within 4 feet, that the microphones start listening.
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