We’re One Step Closer to a Full-On Jetsons Lifestyle

Just to get this out of the way: True, there are no flying cars, teleportation devices, or interstellar commutes, but we've come a long way toward a sci-fi society since the turn of the millennium. One of the most salient examples is the talking house-slash-AI personal assistant, which even has multiple competing brands, between Siri, Alexa, and friends.

Enter Google Home, which has just come through with some sweet upgrades. One of the biggest changes is for the alarm system. Previously, setting an alarm on Google Home only gave you the option of its annoying default noise. That beeping will certainly wake you up, but it may not be the best start to your day. Now, however, you can set Google Home to wake you up with a sound of your choice — including your favorite playlist.

The verbal command for Home is "set a [music/media/radio] alarm at [time]," at which point Home will ask for your preferred song or playlist. Unfortunately, you will have to do this every time, as you can't set it to default — the beeping will still be the setting's go-to. Still, it's not the only cool new thing your Google Home can do. Netflix will also answer voice commands as well, including customizations that recognize different users' voices.

All this assumes that you're within a single Google ecosystem with all your devices, which is perhaps less utopian than The Jetsons promised. But however you see things, we are getting a little more cartoony — and if that makes your life a little easier and nicer, so much the better.