At last week’s Google I/O keynote, the company officially announced the “Look and Talk” feature for the Nest Hub Max that we’ve been tracking. Now, just a few days later, that feature seems to be rolling out widely.
Now available in the Google Home app via a server-side update, Nest Hub Max owners can enable the “Look and Talk” feature that allows the built-in camera to detect your gaze and activate the microphone for commands without the “Hey Google” hotword. ‘ . The feature is codenamed “Bluesteel” internally, a rather hilarious little joke.
This feature is currently disabled by default, but is relatively easy to enable. To do this, go to the Google Home app, then to your Nest Hub Max, and then to that device’s settings. Under ‘Recognition & Sharing’, the feature is located under the ‘Face Match’ menu. Simply enable the setting to make it work.
When enabling the feature, Google offers a few more details about how the feature works. This includes the mention of a 5ft range. You must be within 1.5 meters to enable the microphones. Google also reiterates that Face Match and Voice Match are used to make sure everything works.
In our testing, Google’s brief explanation certainly seems to match how the feature works. Standing in the middle of my kitchen, probably 2 meters away, the microphones don’t activate. It’s not until I get close to the counter, closer to 4ft, that the mics start listening.
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