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Disney Uses Google Home Speakers to Add Soundtracks to Kids Books

October 30, 2018 / Janko Roettgers

Disney and Random House have teamed up with Google to add an interactive soundtrack to their Little Golden Books series of children’s books. 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.At launch, the new Google Home feature works with “Moana,” “Toy Story 3,” “Coco,” “Jack Jack Attack,” “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Mickey Mouse and his Spaceship” as well as “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Later this year, the companies plan to add the functionality to additional book titles.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...