Do you know average person speaks around 15,000 words in a whole day? Along with the voice modulation techniques, they speak these words to smart devices, i.e. smart speakers with voice assistance. Now Amazon has introduced Alexa which provide voice assistance services with its advanced setting options. Today in the U.S, around 53 million people own a minimum one Alexa. From 2018 the number of voice assistance devices has increased double in the U.S homes. It was 25 million in 2018, which is expected to reach 275 million by 2023, which means almost 1000% growth within just 5 years, as shown by the Juniper Research.
Beside Alexa device, there are various voice assistant applications which you can install in your smartphone and tablets to get the services like Alexa. There are device-agnostic voice control platform which can be operated offline if customized before with industry vocabulary system. Another leading company provide Smart TV with integrated virtual assistance. Another company offers voice interaction services in construction environments, along with manufacturing. Various workers can leverage the power of the device to get relevant knowledge.
The voice control feature of IoT devices taking the automobile industry to a new height. Now you can integrate the voice assistance technology to your vehicle which will provide necessary details in traffic control and navigation.
The voice activation technology has also introduced at home environment to ease the regular lives of human beings. Though the voice interfaces have comparatively lower adoption rate in the work environment. The Globant’s Voice-Activated Technology Report, 2018 shows a fundamental gap between using personal voice assistance devices and business voice assistant devices. The Report also discovered that around 72% of senior workers use voice-activated technology in their own life while the number is only 31% at work. While surveying around 73% of companies accepted the importance of voice-activated technology for the betterment of their companies but didn’t take necessary actions to integrate it into their workplace.
According to Pindrop, more than 85% of companies surveyed necessary plan to integrate the voice-activated technology for customer interaction. Most of the Managers of these organizations accepted that voice-assistant technology could bring profitable advantage, whereas 57% accepted this technology has the potential to make their organization more efficient. The Report also suggests the primary stage of voice-activated technology in the companies tends to support cloud-based customer requirement. It can be accessed through smartphones and other smart devices, so a dedicated IoT hardware is less required.
The manufacture and transport industries require proper computing system to provide accurate bandwidth for this technology. For that reason, we have seen a lower voice-activated technology. Besides, the deployment of the technology requires monetary support to foster the required bandwidth to successfully run the technology.
Organizations can reduce the cost of implementing voice-activation technology by amalgamating the existing technology with necessary equipment rather than building new voice-activated apps from scratch. Instead of developing new technology, you can pay Alexa extra for adding your required features to run your organization.
In 2016, Amazon first launched Alexa with 130 in-build skills. By September 2019, the catalogue has updated to 100,000 skills. Upon taking a fee, Amazon can create customize skills. The Alexa Skill Kit is there to serve updated technology to all the users. It was basically a collection of application programming interface where you will get the necessary tools and codes to install and upgrade your existing Alexa into the most updated version. Using the Kit, any third party/person can use voice command functionality.
This cost-effective technology and rapid adoption technique enable various enterprises to upgrade their existing technology to the upgraded one without further investing in brand new technology. But, there is a drawback of the system as it somewhat limits its application for updated devices.
Alexa has come up with a new voice-activated technology called KidsMD which an application of a Boston Children’s Hospital where parents can ask anything related to their child’s physical fitness, nutrition requirement, fitness etc. They can get real-time information about the required medicine and other measures related to the betterment of their child.
Moreover, the hospital also uses an Alexa app for the gastroenterologists in order to voice-activate the endoscopic camera in the operation room. Nurses use a voice-activation app in the ICU to provide necessary information for drawing the exact amount of blood from the patient. It saves around 15 to 20 minutes for each patient. This app also enables the hospital personnel by providing necessary information.
A virtual health assistant named Orbita produces an assortment to generalized its capabilities to the users. It can be integrated into many devices like smartphone, smart speakers, smartwatches, tablets etc. It empower customers to locate medicine resources, make appointments, order prescribed medication, provide lab results, suggest self-care routine etc. The app also has its OrbitaASSIST IoT, which is a virtual bedside assistant for patients that provide necessary communication regarding the current status of their health, the next step of medicine etc. It not only reduces the time of communication but also provides a sense of security to the patient and optimizes clinical team management by improving their experience.
The new age voice-activated technology is taking the development to a new height by providing a special application of visually impaired. It allows them to interact with the world; it was not possible before. Another worth mentioning is the screen less wearable that requires a mobile application device to display the data to its users. It takes less time to respond with the integrated voice-activated technology.
Its language translation feature is the true game-changer of the voice-activated IoT technology. The AI, along with IoT, remove various complex barriers between overseas businesses by improving the quality of communication. Through this technology, multi-lingual teleconferencing has become more efficient. One of the best parts of this technology is, in the home environment, children those are adopted into families that do not speak their native language can seamlessly interact with their new family member. Beside travel bloggers and tourists while on tour can use this device to reduce the language barrier and can seamlessly communicate.
With Voice-activated technology, IoT is spreading faster than ever. In future, the voice-activated IoT is planning to introduce new set-up for deaf persons, which will communicate by understanding the gestures. Research is still going on, but no further result has been released.
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