The Courier-Mail

Next-generation of devices


Google Nest Hub, 2nd gen ($149):

It arrives without a camera but this generation takes its bedroom credential­s one step further. It uses low-energy radar and microphone­s to assess the quality of a user’s sleep. Google says coughing and snoring noises are processed and a report is shown on its seven-inch screenreen in the morning, along with tips s for how to get better slumber. Sleep Sensing can be turned off and the speaker will act as a smart hub without it.

Amazon Echo Show 10, 3rd gen ($399): This is designeded for use in the heart of the home, with a generous 10.1-inch touchscree­n, a 13-megapixel camera for video calls, and a mechanical­ly powered base to follow and frame users while they’re talking. The Echo Show can also be used remotely, in case you want to see what your pets are doing when you’re away, and features a physical camera shutter and mute button for privacy.

Sonos RRoam ($279): Available from April 20, this speaker is smart and smaller than a typical drink bottle but ccan stream tunes over W Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, reresistin­g water or drops, anand will play music for up to 10 hours on a single charge charge. BBeing a Sonos, it also delivers clear and deep audio and can respond to your music requests (and other commands) via Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant.

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