NVIDIA Spot is a New Google Home-Like Peripheral for the NVIDIA Shield

Google Home is a pretty nifty device that works even better with multiple. They can act as speakers, playing synchronized music between all of them. Of course, of more interest is the Google Assistant that is included. When you use the cue word, “OK Google”, the closest Home will respond to your request.

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Android TVs will be getting Google Assistant, but they will require you to manually trigger the Assistant through a button. With NVIDIA’s new peripheral, called the NVIDIA Spot, you will be able to make a voice request from any room and get an answer, using the NVIDIA Shield as a hub.

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The devices are small, just larger than an outlet. When you plug them in, they will be accessible through saying “OK Google” hands-free. The devices will communicate over your local Wi-Fi to the Shield to process the request and return a result. You can navigate your TV without a remote at all, perhaps the simplest TV interface possible. They work like Google Home, creating a mesh network to capture your voice anywhere in the home.

No more information about the Spot has been released, such as price $49.99 or release date, but we’ll keep you updated when we learn more.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Allan Farrell

    Perfect timing, i was gonna buy a Google Home at the end of this month, can get 3 nvidia spots for more or less the same price with more functionality in more rooms. Nvidia shield is the box that just keeps giving…

    • Kevin Brosseau

      I still would buy the Google Home though if you want a good speaker. I don’t think the Spots will support google cast as a receiver. I love my google home speakers, but I have to admit I was blindsided by this news.

      • Allan Farrell

        “I don’t think the Spots will support google cast as a receiver”…..im confused by this? The assistant is on the tv, so why would cast be needed?