Digital Trends, 29 August, 2017 - You don’t need a Google Home or a Pixel phone to take your Google Assistant everywhere you go. Meet the new TicHome Mini from Chinese artificial intelligence company Mobvoi. The latest smart home device to come out of the firm, the TicHome Mini has Google Assistant built in, so you can take your handy AI helper with you whenever you need to be.
The compact and highly portable disc-like design appears to integrate relatively well into any home decor and just about any setting. Battery-powered and capable of functioning without being plugged in, the TicHome Mini also comes with an interchangeable strap that makes for easy carrying or hanging around the house. Plus, it boasts a splash-proof rating of IPX6, which means that you can use the Mini in your bathroom or by the pool. While you will have to act fast, it won’t necessarily be the end of days if the device gets a little rainwater.
Like Google Home, you can activate this smart home device by saying “OK Google” and you will be able to ask after the weather, set alarms, or if you are in the mood, ask the Mini to tell a joke. If you are looking for more practical applications, however, Google Assistant can help you schedule events on Google Calendar, manage your to-do list, and more.
“The partnership between Google and Mobvoi has opened up opportunities to combine Google’s industry-leading Google Assistant with Mobvoi’s vision for a portable home assistant form factor,” Zhifei Li, CEO and founder of Mobvoi, said in a statement. “With TicHome Mini we aim to push the boundaries of how and where AI impacts our daily lives.”
The TicHome Mini made its debut as this year’s IFA and will be made available this winter for under $100. Early birds, however, can sign up to be notified when the device officially goes on sale and can snag 30 percent off. Once it hits the market, the Mini will be available in a wide range of colors, including black, white, red, and green.