Disney has found a way to use the Google smart speakers that are in people’s homes to add an audio track to the Little Golden Books series of children’s books. Variety reports that Disney and Random House have partnered in the effort to make storytime more interactive.
“Owners of a Google Home smart speaker can now ask the device to ‘read along with Disney’ to hear music and sound effects for select books of the series,” Variety reports.
The report adds: “After initiating the feature, Google’s smart speaker listens to a parent or child reading the book out loud, and then adds sound effects, or changes the music, matching the plot of the story. Readers can also skip forward within a story, or pause, and the speaker automatically keeps track of the flow.”
Initially the new feature is compatible with “Moana,” “Toy Story 3,” “Coco,” “Jack Jack Attack,” “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Mickey Mouse and his Spaceship” and “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” with other book titles to be added later this year.
Here’s a short clip about the feature, posted by Google …