Technology is fantastic, especially the fact that humans have come a long way in groundbreaking tech in a short time.
The world’s first smartphone was invented in 1992 and was available for sale in 1994. Over the years, manufacturers become more innovative, as they shredded the bulky bodies, they introduced new features that our parents and many of us would not have thought to be possible.
Fast-forwarding to now, foldable phones with bezel-less displays, with water-proof technology and a virtual assistant, have become common.
Smartphones are not the only technology that has picked up the pace; over the years, digital voice technology has also become a keen interest for many individuals.
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It is incredible how digital voice tech is no longer just limited to smartphones but has now become an essential part of life. Who knew that one day it would help you navigate your way to your destination, or will remind you of tasks needed to be done, or remember your favorite song!
Voice assistants can already do a lot for you, from placing orders, to helping you shop, closing lights, thermostats, to even changing the TV channel!
Use of Digital Voice Technology Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic
With the novel coronavirus pandemic upon us, this has got us thinking, is digital voice tech the best way forward from here on out?
Coronavirus is spread by one human to another via human contact, to prevent it from spreading further, governments have issued SOPs directing people to stay away from each other. Companies have changed their ways of marketing. The food industry has changed its method of delivering, as well.
According to analyst Jonathan Collins of ABI Research the pandemic is likely to provide “additional motivation and incentive for voice control in the home that will help drive awareness and adoption for a range of additional smart home devices and applications,”
ABI estimates that voice control device shipments for smart home devices hit 141 million last year, and in 2020 will grow globally by close to 30 percent.
On the other hand, Juniper Research estimates 4.2 billion devices in use this year, growing to 8.4bn by 2024, with much of the interactions on smartphones.
What will be the Future?
According to Collins, there will be a vast surge in smart locks and doorbells, along with other intelligent home systems, to eliminate the need for personal contact and face-to-face interactions because of COVID-19.
Avi Greengart, a technology analyst and consultant with Techsponential, shared that although there is no data available as of yet, “anecdotally, voice assistant usage is way up” as a result of the lockdown.
“Looking forward, office spaces will need move towards more touch-free controls; voice can be a solution, although motion triggers for lighting are often easier and more friction-free,” he added.
“However, I do expect smart speakers — along with an emailed list of commands — to be a common feature at hotels and other rental properties. The fewer touchpoints, the better.”
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