Over at the Google Developers blog, a pretty important announcement happened in the past few days. Google Assistant is ready to break out of its Google Home and Android Nougat chains.
The SDK is here.
SDK, if you were wondering, is simply a Software Development Kit. It is, according to Wikipedia:
A software development kit (SDK or devkit) is typically a set of software development tools that allows the creation of applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system, or similar development platform.
With this SDK, developers are now able to implement Google Assistant into their own projects. Home automation devices, robots, cleaning tools, etc.
This is the point where human creativity becomes really, really intriguing. Where we may be looking at this article and thinking of only a couple examples that this could benefit, someone somewhere has an idea that could blow our minds.
While it doesn’t seem this SDK is geared towards the visual experience of Google Assistant, it is a very welcome step in that direction. Google has a powerful and efficient tool in the Assistant, so it is fantastic to see it in the hands of the masses so that ideas we’ve never considered can become reality.
I, for one, would love the head unit in my car to have Google Assistant. Being able to adjust the air, stereo, windows, etc. with a simple voice command would be pretty amazing. Things like this are likely on the horizon, and that is exciting!