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You Can Now Schedule Routines on Google Home

According to Google, "Routines" will replace the "My Day" feature that users use to access on Google Home, the report added

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Google is finally rolling out the “Scheduled Routines” feature for its smart “Home” speakers that would help users make multi-step actions repeat on specific days with just one voice command.

Users will have six “Routines, including good morning, bedtime, leaving home, I’m home, commuting to work, and commuting home routines that they could customise and manage their maps, directions, parkings along with getting weather forecasts, busines, calender and event informations and more, DroidLife reported on Friday.

For one person using Google Home, “personal results’ must be turned on to hear personal information, like calendar events and reminders.

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Google Home to now schedule your day for you. Pixabay

“If multiple users are using the same Google Home, everyone who wants to hear personal info on Google Home must link their Google Account and voice to Google Home, even the person who set up Google Home,” the search-engine giant wrote on Google Home Help support page.

According to Google, “Routines” will replace the “My Day” feature that users use to access on Google Home, the report added.

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The feature has currently been made available in the US.

The search engine giant first announced that Google Home’s “Routines” feature was finally ready to rollout in a few weeks at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) earlier this year. (IANS)

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Smart Speakers like Alexa and Google Home to Act as Aid to Physicians during Surgeries

Smart speakers can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms

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The application processes questions from a human voice and provides recommendations on the precise sizing of medical devices. Pixabay

Amazon Echo with in-built Alexa or Google Home smart speakers can not only play your favourite songs at home but can also assist doctors during medical procedures, say researchers.

Smart speakers can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms, researchers said on Saturday during the Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual scientific meeting in Austin, Texas.

Smart home speakers offer a conversational voice interface that allows interventional radiology (IR) physicians to ask questions and retrieve information needed for their patient treatments without breaking sterile scrub.

During treatment, IRs rely on nuanced medical information delivered in a timely manner.

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Smart speakers can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms. Pixabay

“When you’re in the middle of a procedure, you need to remain sterile, so you lose the ability to use a computer,” said Kevin Seals, MD, a fellow in interventional radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

This smart speaker technology helps us to quickly and intelligently make decisions relevant to a patient’s specific needs, added Seals, who is also the lead author of the study.

To reach this conclusion, the researchers at UCSF developed a device-sizing application for the Google Home smart speaker.

The application processes questions from a human voice and provides recommendations on the precise sizing of medical devices.

There are hundreds of devices, with more being introduced every day, making it difficult to determine the correct sizing or materials needed in every circumstance.

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Smart home speakers offer a conversational voice interface that allows interventional radiology (IR) physicians to ask questions and retrieve information needed for their patient treatments without breaking sterile scrub. Pixabay

“This technology allows physicians to concentrate more closely on the care of their patients, devoting less time and mental energy to device technicalities,” noted Seals.

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In developing the application, size specifications were acquired using literature reviews for 475 IR devices, such as catheters, sheaths, stents, vascular plugs and others.

“Further research will look to provide information from electronic health records and patient clinical data, such as allergies or prior surgeries,” said researchers. (IANS)