For those who want smarter control over their security cameras, EZVIZ has announced that a number of its devices can now be controlled via voice, courtesy of the newly included support for Google Assistant. The list of eligible devices includes the Mini O, Mini O 1080p, Mini 360 Plus, Mini Plus, Mini Trooper, Husky, ezGuard 1080p, and the ez360 Pano. With the new functionality in place, owners of those products will be able to effectively complete any action the app can without picking up their phone. That includes the ability to check camera statuses, activate or deactivate them, turn on or off motion alarms, and control other features by speaking. The obvious benefit with that is the convenience brought with being able to see if the cameras are on and working without necessarily needing a smartphone.
However, it's not difficult to imagine scenarios where convenience takes a back seat to safety. For example, a user would be able to ask Assistant to check a camera's status or for alerts from bed or from any other room in the house. That's more than convenient. It means that users don't need to waste any time looking for their device if they hear a strange noise in their home at night or at any other time. That's particularly useful in scenarios where the cameras were turned off for any reason. Of course, EZVIZ surveillance solutions already previously had support for the Alexa platform for voice controls. So, as much as anything else, this update catches up homeowners who prefer Google Assistant to Amazon's digital helper.
Presumably, the cameras will require an OTA software update before users will gain access to the feature. That hasn't been clarified by the technology company but seems likely since all of the listed products are basically cloud cameras, meaning they feature connectivity as a central operating requirement. In the meantime, however, this feature is only currently available to users in the U.S. and Canada. There's been no information provided with regard to if or when users outside of those countries will have access to voice assistant features either.