Google today announced a handy new tool called "Help Me Script" that aims to make smart home automation more accessible. This experimental feature, set to launch in public preview later this year, leverages generative AI to turn natural language commands into executable scripts for Google Home.
Earlier this year, Google added the ability to create powerful automations on Google Home using a new script editor. With "Help Me Script," users can simply describe desired automations in plain terms without needing coding expertise. For instance, saying "When the front door opens, announce 'Welcome home'" will automatically generate a custom script. Users then copy, paste and activate the code in the Home app's script editor.
The feature provides a jumping off point even for complex scripts, allowing customization as needed. It lowers the barrier for people without coding experience to benefit from robust home automations. Google emphasized that the language model behind "Help Me Script" is constantly learning and improving, and will generate more accurate and personalized scripts over time.
Google Home's integration of generative AI into its script editor could notably expand engagement with advanced smart home routines. It serves as one of many emerging examples of AI lowering barriers while increasing autonomy and control.