Google has revealed a new feature for its smart home assistant that will allow users to send customized reminders to their friends and family. These “assignable reminders” work the same way as personal reminders; users can simply say “Hey Google, remind so-and-so to take the trash out at 7 p.m.,” and the assigned person will receive a notification on their phone, Google Home device, or other smart display that works with the Assistant.
The reminders can also be used for tasks done outside of the home when users provide Google with a specific address or landmark. For example, you can say “Hey Google, remind Claire to pick up flowers when she gets to the San Francisco Ferry Building.” Once Claire arrives at the Ferry Building, the Assistant will recognize her location and send her a notification about the request.
In order to send and receive reminders, you will need to create a Family Group online where you can select which phones and Smart Displays receive the reminders. This step is also needed to add people who are not located within the same household as the Displays. The other option is to link accounts to the same Smart Display or speaker and voice match each person. Parents can add their younger children to the account through Family Link where they’ll be prompted to add their Google account and voice information.
“Assignable reminders on the Google Assistant help families and housemates better collaborate and stay organized while at home or on the go,” says Google.
While the notifications act as a helpful tool in making sure regular tasks get completed, Google also sees the reminders being used for jokes or words of encouragement amongst family members. For example a parent can say, “Hey Google, remind Mary that she will do great on tomorrow’s exam.”
“We think this feature will be a great tool to help families (and housemates) manage tasks this new school year and beyond,” says Google.
The Assignable Reminders will make their way to phones, speakers, and Smart Display in the U.S., U.K., and Australia in the next few weeks.