Netgear’s Arlo line of smart cameras are known for being pricey, but they’re getting an update that will make the splurge a little more worth it. Going forward, Arlo owners will be able to integrate their cameras with Google Assistant. The new function will give users the ability to cast their camera feed to their Chromecast-enabled device or the Nvidia Shield TV.
Users simply need to bark commands at Assistant via their Google Home, and can specify things like “Ok Google, show the front door on the living room TV”, letting you see if the person at the door is worth getting up from your couch. And if you’re out and about, you can also tell the assistant on your phone to show your feed and it’ll pop up so you can see remotely check on your residence.
Netgear is hardly the first company to enable Google Assistant/AI integration, with offerings from Nest and Logitech already shipping with the functionality. Nest’s IQ can even function as a limited Google Home with its own built in mic and speaker, giving users a much more integrated experience than Netgear’s Arlo line. Ring, the maker of video doorbells and security cameras, was just purchased by Amazon, which will likely give Netgear a run for its money with their Alexa-enabled devices. It’s worth noting that the Arlo line already supports Alexa, but Amazon’s ownership of Ring makes it more of a threat.
In order to enable Google Assistant on your Arlo, users must open the Google Home or Assistant apps and navigate to settings. Under Home Control, users will have the option to add a device, and Arlo should be listed. The functionality is supported on most of the Arlo line, including: Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2, Arlo Go, Arlo Q, Arlo Q Plus, and Arlo Baby.