This one's a little pricey, but it's worth it. This smart little voice-enabled assistant will become your best friend (or replace one of them), as it answers your queries, plays your music, controls your Nest thermostat or Philips Hue light kits (foreshadow), reminds you of appointments, stores your ideas, and much more. (And sure, it's Google, so insert favorite big brother fear here as well.) If nothing else, it's also a great party piece, solving disputes and serving as endless entertainment -- she even has a sense of humor (try telling her she looks pretty), and she'll play group-oriented games, like group trivia contests, and Mad Libs.
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