Children now are too young to remember how Disney books were, which combined narration and sounds with physical books to make reading more entertaining. Now, they may have put their hands on more modern books with interactive buttons that allow you to press on various parts of the story. Google is launching the 2018 version of this “storytime + sounds” experience. In partnership with Disney, the company is introducing an interactive storytelling feature for Google Home devices that combines real-world books with voice recognition technology.
These new story experiences will feature a selection in Little Golden Books, as they are read aloud, Google explains.
Google currently supports titles such as Moana, Toy Story 3, Coco, Jack Jack Attack, along with classics such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Three Little Pigs, Mickey Mouse and their Spaceship and the Christmas Tale of Mickey.
These new Little Golden Books will be on sale this week along with Google Home Mini devices.
To start, you just have to say: “Hello Google, let’s read along with Disney.”
As the child (or the parent) reads the book aloud, Google Home will reproduce the relevant sound effects and music for the story to come alive.
Unlike the experiences that traditional books transmitted to children in recent decades, Google Assistant is much smarter. It knows, for example, if he has jumped forward in the book or if he has taken a break in reading because of an interruption, such as when the child asks a question or inserts his own comment.
At this point, the wizard will play background music in the background until you start reading again.
At its launch, the feature will be available on Google Home / Home Mini devices, but the company says it will reach other smart speakers and smart displays that have the Google Assistant incorporated at the end of the year.
The new storytelling feature is not Disney’s first foray into entertainment based on a voice assistant. It also offers a variety of other games on Google Home. In addition, Disney also works with Amazon on its Echo devices.
He also partnered with Amazon in the Echo Dot Kids edition, specialized children’s content, which includes exclusive features such as “Disney Plot Twist” and “Disney Stories”, among others. However, Amazon’s version of “Disney Stories” is only a function where children can listen to audible stories but it is not designed to work with accompanying physical books, as in the case of Little Golden Books.