Google is making a play to grow the Google Assistant ecosystem with more gadgets, called Google Assistant Connect.
The idea is that manufacturers can create bespoke little devices that serve specific functions that are integrated with and controlled by the Assistant.
The demo that Google is showing off today is a clever little E Ink display.
It can show the weather or other information, but it isn’t a full-fledged smart speaker.
Essentially, what this enables is the creation of smart gadgets without going through all the trouble of fully integrating microphones and the processing power necessary to run an intelligent assistant.
You’ll need another Google Assistant device somewhere — Google says that is what “handles the higher-order computing,” while your little gadget does something else.