This is the Google Home, the long-awaited competitor to the Amazon Echo. And just like Alexa, Google Assistant can help you with all sorts of things. Here are some of its most important features and integrations so far.
If during the evening you have a disagreement, you can simply look up the answers using the Home. Google Assistant can resolve questions about random facts, sports team records, or even how certain animals sound, if that's the sort of thing you argue about.
If you want to find some Easter eggs, you can even sit around with friends reciting movie lines and famous quotes to see how Google Assistant responds. My favorite unofficial Easter egg: that the Home blends in so well with this air freshener.
If your guests are so impressed by the Google Home that they can't stop talking about it, just hit the button on the back to mute its microphone. That way it won't keep asking, "Can you repeat the question?"