We’ve all noticed them: the little contemporary objects that are finding a home in even the most traditional interiors—the ones our generation can’t seem to live without. Nestled among our prized possessions, their futuristic features are hard to miss: smooth surfaces, rounded corners, pale finishes. Oh, and they speak (and listen, watch and learn).
Unsurprisingly, Google’s growing suite of high-tech products, Google Nest, appeals across generations and tastes. There’s a thermostat, television streaming device, video doorbell, surveillance camera, wifi router, smoke alarm—and the familiar range of voice products known as Google Home (“OK, Google, tell me a joke!”).
They sync up and communicate to one another, like a little personal army of intelligent accessories fashioned to keep you safe and informed (entertained, even). So we had to ask: How do they design a one-look-fits-all piece of equipment? And for those of us already cozy with the current offerings: what’s next?
Google Nest’s Director of UX, Kate Freebairn, graciously answered all our questions.