Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:43

VIDEO: The Wiggles to entertain via Google Assistant in the US, UK, Canada and Australia

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Australian entertainers The Wiggles are on Google's digital assistant, offering a range of ways your family can "learn, play and stay entertained with a range of games, activities and stories".

Google Australia's Product Partnerships manager for the Google Assistant, Kia Wahl, has issued an official blog post at the Google Blog entitled "It’s time to Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle with your Google Assistant".

Wahl writes that the countdown to summer holidays is on, and "as you slap on the sunscreen, dust off the decorations and fire up the barbie, you might be looking for more activities for the family when you’re at home or on a long drive over the holidays".

Given Wahl's work with Google's wondrous Assistant, it should come as no surprise to see Wahl reminding us that "Google Assistant can inspire your family to learn, play and stay entertained with a range of games, activities and stories", which is already possible, as is the ability to "play musical chairs" or "unwind with an audiobook", but now comes a new option - the ability to "embark on a wonderful, Wiggly adventure!"

So, how can you get a wriggle on and get The Wiggles going?

Well, starting today, Wahl tells us that "families in Australia, the US, Canada and the UK will be able to choose their own adventure with a new custom Wiggles experience commissioned by Google exclusively for the Assistant.

"You can enjoy this experience with your Assistant on Google Home, Google Home Mini or Max – or a compatible smartphone. Just say “Hey Google, talk to The Wiggles” and you’ll be on your way!"

Play, dance and help Emma Wiggle find her friends

Wahl explains that "this new experience invites families to guide Emma’s journey through town to find her Wiggle friends so they can get to The Wiggles concert on time. Along the way, you can dance, play games, and listen to fun songs with Emma, Lachy, Anthony, Simon, and more Wiggle friends."

Learn and discover

"Through this new adventure", Wahl writes that "families can practice core skills together, such as decision making, counting and naming colours. Want to take a new adventure? Give it another whirl! Each choice leads to a different journey, allowing you to discover more experiences, situations and characters each time!"

More family fun

Of course, there's more. Wahl notes that "if you want to mix it up, Aussie families can enjoy even more Assistant Actions and activities with a simple voice command. Ask your Assistant for a joke, a fun fact or try some of these queries to unlock a world of magic (starting with “Hey Google…”):"

  • 'Talk to Learning Time with Timmy" to learn and practice sounds and colours with Timmy.
  • “Tell me a story” or “Tell me a story about a kangaroo” to hear Australian short stories set in iconic locations such as Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, brought to you by Funky Kids Radio.
  • “Talk to Moshi Twilight” at bedtime to hear a Sleep Story (such as Across the Swooniverse) or a soothing sound (like a Franzipan Farm Birdsong).
  • “Talk to Little Baby Bum” to play songs or games, such as the Potty Song or the Choo Choo Train eating game.

Stay across your child's activities

"With their parent's permission", Wahl advises that "children under 13 can also have their own personalised Google Assistant experience when they log in with their own account, powered by Family Link

"Family Link helps parents manage their child’s Google Account while they explore. And with Voice Match, your family can train the Assistant to recognise up to six different voices, so that each family member can get help from their own personal Assistant.

"Whether you’re indoors or on the go, we hope these Assistant experiences can bring you a bit more adventure. Just say “Hey Google, talk to The Wiggles” and have a bowtiful day!", Wahl concluded – without a hot potato in sight!

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