Oftentimes, we're too focused on the latest specs of a product, the latest features, or even the price to be able to fully understand the bigger picture that might be at work. Recently, Rishi Chandra, Vice President of Product and General Manager at Google Nest, spoke about the company's goals for the next 5 to 10 years. In this talk, he downplayed the idea of consumers wanting a 'smart home', saying that they're really looking for a 'helpful home', instead.
It makes sense then, that Google Nest is giving away 100,000 Google Home Minis to people living with paralysis, as well as their care-givers. The main goal of Google Assistant has always been about providing easy, hands-free ways of performing daily tasks, and that fits right in line with the goals of Google Nest's latest partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
It's a breath of fresh air to hear about something so positive.
Google's announcement for this partnership comes in the form of a blog post written by Garrison Redd, a Paralympic athlete who is training as a powerlifter for Team USA in the 2020 Paralympic Games. Redd talks about his struggles in daily life and how paralysis can turn even the most comfortable places in the world into places where struggles exist for tasks that many of us take for granted.
Most of us clad our phones in cases to keep them from getting damaged when they get dropped. But what if dropping the phone meant there was no easy way to simply pick it up from the ground without a struggle? As Redd points out, a scenario such as this would make talking on the phone a far more difficult task than most of us would ever consider. He points out that the Google Home Mini can make phone calls, keeping the entire experience hands-free and helping take some of these worries away.
Redd goes on to cite a number of other examples of how adding Google Home Minis to his home has made his life a less-stressful, more comfortable place where he can worry less and enjoy more of life.
Many other connected (or smart) gadgets around the house can interface with Google Assistant too, adding in many ways that Google can make the lives of many people easier. It's about helping people regain independence who might otherwise feel stuck in the place that's supposed to be the most comfortable place in anyone's world: home.
If you're living with paralysis, are a caregiver, or maybe you have a friend or family member who is suffering from paralysis, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is offering a way to sign-up to receive a Google Home Mini, as well as a number of other ways to help in life as well. Folks who aren't in this situation can still help out by asking google to "donate to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation" right from their own Google Home or Google Nest Hubs, or even through Google Assistant, too.