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Someone used Google Home to light their fireplace and play sexy music

A Reddit user has created a workaround which allows Google Home to light a fireplace using the command “turn on my fireplace”.

Published onNovember 28, 2016


A Reddit user has created a workaround which allows Google’s voice-activated speaker Google Home to light a fireplace. The Redditor, who goes by the username hovee, uploaded a video which shows the effect in action along with instructions for how to set it up.

Google Home doesn’t have a native function for lighting fireplaces, so hovee instead made a solution involving a Raspberry Pi, Android app IFTTT and some custom wiring. Though the full setup procedure is detailed in hovee’s Reddit post, be aware that it doesn’t seem like a particularly simple process.

The rewards, however, speak for themselves – as you’ll see in the video below.

Google Home went on sale in the US on November 4 for $129 (temporarily reduced to $99) but a worldwide release hasn’t been announced. To find out what else it can do, read our full Google Home review.