Google has introduced a new Assistant feature called “My Storytime” which allow user record stories and make them accessible on devices that include Nest Mini, Nest Hub as well as Hub Max. As per the report, the feature was inspired by Jennifer Oliver, a military spouse who pitched the idea on internet message boards alongside her daughters.
The “My Storytime” is mainly meant for parents to simulate reading to their kids when one parent is away from home. Using “My Storytime” parent will be able to record themselves reading chapters of stories, and the other parent (or babysitter) can ask Google Nest to read those recordings to the kids.
You can create a private account for your family and begin building your library of recorded stories by visiting MyStorytime.com. And once shared with the parent back home, all they have to say is “Hey Google, talk to My Storytime” to their Google Nest, and they will be able to pick the recording of the chapter they want to listen to with their children.
Directly from the official website users can record stories (using a microphone) or upload MP3 audio files with a tool within the My Storytime dashboard.
Google says the files are saved securely in the cloud and can only be accessed by the people with whom it has been shared.
“Nothing can replace Daddy being home, but hopefully My Storytime will help make it just a little bit easier to get through the next deployment and that it brings some comfort to other families as well,” she added.
This feature could be a great way to keep families connected when they have to be apart. You can get an idea of how it works in practice in this video from Google: