Netgear’s Arlo line of wire-free security cameras aren’t exactly the cheapest cameras on the market, but they’re super popular, cute to look at, filled with features, and now they’re getting Google Assistant support.
Once you add your Arlo cameras to the Google Home app (most of the Arlo line is supported), you can ask Google Assistant to pull up any of those camera feeds. You can stream the video to Google Assistant on iOS and Android, but the real fun is in the Chromecast integration. It works a little something like this:
”Ok Google, show Front Door on Living Room TV”
Other security cameras, including Logitech’s Circle and Nest Cam IQ, already have shipped with Google Assistant, too. With Nest Cam IQ you can actually use the camera’s built-in microphone and speaker as a limited Google Home, but Netgear hasn’t gone quite that far with its Arlo integration.
It’s also important to note that most Arlo cameras already work with any Alexa device that has a screen, such as a Fire TV, Fire Tablet, or Echo Show, and at least the Arlo Baby Smart HD works with Apple’s HomeKit for Apple TV support.
Voice assistants have always shined in two areas: setting timers, and controlling smart homes. It’s nice to see that Google Assistant and Alexa integration are becoming default features for these tiny smart cameras we’ve scattered around our homes.