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Clever Hack Fakes A Sleep Timer For Google Home (vortex.com) 50

Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein writes: I've long been bitching about Google Home's lack of a basic function that clock radios have had since at least the middle of the last century -- the classic "sleep timer" for playing music until a specified time or until a specific interval has passed... Originally, sleep timer type commands weren't recognized at all by GH, but eventually it started admitting that the concept at least exists... Officially, GH still responds with "Sleep timer is not yet supported" when you give commands like "Stop playing in an hour"... A somewhat inconvenient but seemingly serviceable way to fake a sleep timer is now possible with Google Home. I plead guilty, it's a hack. But here we go.
The hack exploits the new "Night Mode" in the firmware, which lets you set a maximum volume for specific hours of the day, creating silent (but still-active) music streaming. "Yep, a hack, but it works," writes Lauren. "And it's the closest we've gotten to a real sleep timer on Google Home so far."

Any other Slashdot readers have their own favorite personal assistant tricks?
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Clever Hack Fakes A Sleep Timer For Google Home

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  • "slashdot readers have their own favorite personal assistant" ./ reader, who uses a "personal assistant"he cannot hack as he wants, is a moron who fails to understand anything he reads

    • by arth1 ( 260657 )

      This slashdotter's personal assistant is wont to say "go shut it off yerself, ya lazy basterd".

      Anyhow, I don't think voice control is a nerd pursuit. That's what the anti-nerds want, instead of simply coding CD 27 00 into a microcontroller that uses X10 to tell its counterpart to attenuate the amplifier and lights. I know, I don't understand either why the masses trade concise commands and simplicity for a fault-prone analog air vibration system that requires years of training to use.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    My favorite personal assistant trick is pouring hot grits down her back.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Sunday October 08, 2017 @01:14PM (#55331607)

    ... is to leave such privacy-invading devices unpurchased at the store.

    • by Anonymous Coward


    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      On this, we agree.

      If Equifax, Yahoo, Target, LinkedIn, NSA, OPM, etc. can't keep their shit safe, how the fuck and I going to?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    personal assistant hacks you!

  • This is a classic example of how Slashdot has changed. They saw this submission and said: "This is perfect! No self respecting slashdotter will have one of these, and just think of the post count as they all post to say that this guy doesn't belong on Slashdot ... ka-ching"
  • by Anonymous Coward

    nuff said...

    Not even sure how this made it to /. as news.

  • Suppose Google were to make a product. And suppose they left it permanently unfinished. But I repeat myself.

  • by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Sunday October 08, 2017 @02:09PM (#55331817)

    ... creating silent (but still-active) music streaming.

    Dear My ISP,

    Why is my reported usage so high? I swear I don't use that much data.

    Confused Customer

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Indeed. It's inelegant and not worthy of being called a hack.

  • My solution (Score:3, Interesting)

    by voights ( 919055 ) on Sunday October 08, 2017 @02:11PM (#55331821)
    mplayer SOME_ALBUM/* & sleep $((30*60)) ; kill $!
  • by Ayano ( 4882157 )
    Buy an actual f*cking alarm clock.
  • Sigh. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ledow ( 319597 ) on Sunday October 08, 2017 @02:34PM (#55331919) Homepage

    1) Who sets a sleep timer on something like that?
    2) Who falls asleep with any music they can hear still playing?
    3) Who feels they need to have the thing turn-off if they can sleep through it?
    4) Who thinks a timer plug on the power would be quicker and easier?
    5) Who thinks it's "fun" to have to hack on basic functionality to a device that obviously already detects the command necessary to activate it and contains technology sufficient to perform it but the tech makers just don't care enough to bother.

    This is like Pointless Central.

    • Re:Sigh. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by BenJeremy ( 181303 ) on Sunday October 08, 2017 @03:27PM (#55332099)

      Amazon Echo lets you "Play music until ..." just fine. A timer plug is a rather blunt and technologically brutish way to solve the problem.

      At any rate, I listen to music, others may listen to natural sounds. Lots of people like some white noise to sleep to. Lots of people don't.

      As for hacking one of these devices, they are actually made for it. For Echo, it's called a "skill" and not all that hard to do.

      Not everybody exists in your hive mind. /I haven't ordered a single thing with my Echo devices, but we use them daily.

      • Amazon Echo lets you "Play music until ..." just fine. A timer plug is a rather blunt and technologically brutish way to solve the problem.

        While I agree that the absence of a sleep timer is, at this point, inexcusable for Google, Amazon too launched their echo without this feature, only adding it about four months later.

    • A guy who doesn't have any idea how to build a proper web page layout, apparently. Seriously, go read TFA, and then be prepared to have flashbacks about geocities.

    • No, it's just attempt to normalize the usage of these stupid devices.

  • That's the sound of resounding indifference. Much like crickets chirping.
  • This is the same retard who considers ad blockers unethical [google.com]

    "For the record, I don't run any ad blockers. Basically, I consider them unethical"

    Hey shit-for-brains: -- Closing your eyes, changing rooms, muting the TV, or using an ad-blocker ALL have SAME effect.

    Furthermore, I consider ads to be unethical.

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