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Google’s mini-golf pop-up event in NYC highlights its smart home products

By Christian de Looper

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In a bid to raise awareness for its smart home products, Google has kicked off a pop-up event in New York City that shows off the best features of the Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max smart speakers. This pop-up is a little different than others you may have seen. Why? Well, because it’s a mini-golf course.

Each hole on the course will represent a different room in the home, so you might have a hole for the kitchen and one for the bedroom. As you make your way through the course, you can interact with the Google Assistanton the Home Mini and Home Max to see how the products can help in your day-to-day life. Nest products are also on display, working with the connected Google Home devices throughout the course.

Once you reach the end of the course, you can tally up the score with your group to see who’s the winner. Everyone will get a chance to win either a Google Home Max, a Google Home Mini, or a pair of Google-branded golf socks. Treats are also available if you have a sweet tooth.

The pop-up is only in New York until Monday, June 4, so if you’re in the area, you may want to check it out soon — lines may also get pretty long. You’ll still get a chance to check out the pop-up even if you don’t live in New York City, however, since Google is taking the pop-up on the road. It will be making its way to Chicago, where it will be open from June 14-17; Los Angeles from June 30 to July 5, and Atlanta from July 26-29.

This isn’t the first time that Google has shown off its products at a pop-up event. Last year, the company set up a pop-up donut shop, where guests could step in, get some donuts, and ask the Google Home Mini a question. Google also launched two other pop-up events after its annual October events in 2016 and 2017, showcasing the variety of new products it launched including the Google Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel Buds, Pixelbook, and more.

Updated on May 30: We’ve added photos after visiting the mini-golf pop-up.

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