Google and NVIDIA made a giant splash when it introduced that Google Assistant has simply landed on Android TVs and, particularly, the NVIDIA SHIELD. However that’s actually solely a part of the equation. Certain, you’ll give you the option management your NVIDIA SHIELD with simply your voice, however if you wish to do something past the TV, you’ll want one other piece of the puzzle. That piece is Samsung’s SmartThings Hyperlink that transforms the SHIELD right into a makeshift SmartThings Hub. And whereas that dongle gained’t ship till subsequent month, you possibly can already pre-order one proper now.

It would come as a shock to all however devouted Samsung followers, however the Korean producer really has its personal good residence platform. Or somewhat, it inherited one when it acquired SmartThings. It already helps fairly variety of good residence home equipment, so it’s off to begin.

Like most good residence platforms, nevertheless, you will want a hub to make all of them work collectively in concord. You can exit and purchase one for $99. Or, if you have already got a NVIDIA SHIELD, you possibly can simply get this new USB dongle for $15-$40 solely.

With the SmartThings Hyperlink for the SHIELD, you possibly can merely inform your Android TV console to show off the lights, flip up the warmth, or get the celebration began. Or you are able to do all of these with a single command and even mechanically, utilizing SmartThings Routines. The NVIDIA SHIELD SmartThings integration really works with Google Assistant as your voice agent, so no ready for one thing like Bixby to roll round. All on the expense of considered one of two USB ports on the SHIELD.

You’ll, nevertheless, have to attend for the Hyperlink to really begin transport. It’s on pre-order now, however gained’t launch till October 22, or so says Amazon, the place it’s promoting for $39.99. Curiously, in case you pre-order immediately from Samsung, you may get the identical dongle for less than $14.99.

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