Parents can take their bedtime storytelling to the next level with the help of Google Home, which will provide background music and sound effects to match.
The new feature works with Disney's Little Golden Books – a series of storybooks featuring popular cartoon franchises – where the AI assistant will match the user's reading and add effects in real time.
Google Nest Team manager Kelsey Gliva says to start the programme, users just have to say “Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney”.
The device is able to recognise where the reader is in the book, so if they skip ahead or read their favourite part(s) a few times, it can keep up and play the right sound effects.
“We know that interruptions are inevitable, so if you pause for any reason, background music will play until you’re ready to begin again,” adds Gliva, on the Google Keyword blog.
For older children who may want to read for themselves, parents can allow their kids access to the Assistant on Google Home by creating an account for kids under 13 through Family Link, which links to their Google Account and voice to Google Home.
The titles under Disney's Little Golden Books include Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Coco, Frozen, Jack Jack Attack, The Lion King, Moana, Mulan, Peter Pan, Toy Story 3, Three Little Pigs, and various titles featuring Mickey Mouse.
Google Express is selling the books for around US$5-US$10 (RM21-RM42), not including shipping.