Anytime you delve into technology subjects, it’s easy to get carried away with science fiction. Predicting the future is fun, but tends to be inaccurate. After all, we can do little more than take today’s trends and use them to draw lines that may or may not accurately describe what future years (and decades) will hold.
But why look ahead when we can examine revolutionary technology in today’s everyday lives? Just a few years ago, navigating your life using only your voice was unheard of. Now, an increasing number of gadgets and apps help you do just that. Here are just 5 of the many examples in which technology can help you control your digital life with nothing but your voice.
1) Control Your Home
You might have heard about devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, digital home assistants designed to make your life easier and your home more interactive. But what you might not know is just how far you can go in taking advantage of these devices.
Echo, for example, can control anything from your home security system to individual light switches. In addition, a growing number of marketplace apps or ‘skills’ help you listen to music, learn about today’s news, forecast the weather, and much more.
Behind the scenes, companies like VoiceBase develop the technology that helps your voice control regular aspects of everyday life. They help to analyze and convert your speech into specific commands so that a simple “add bananas to my shopping list” will result in tangible action.
2) Control Your Smartphone Usage
Voice recognition and technology started with smartphones, and has only expanded since. Your iPhone or Android devices houses a similar assistant to the above, led by Apple’s famous Siri. In addition, you can dictate text messages and emails with increasingly sophisticated voice recognition software.
According to Google, 20% of all mobile searches are now coming from voices rather than typed commands. That’s a drastic increase over years past, and will only continue to rise in the near future. More and more users take advantage of their smartphones’ ability to take not just typed letters, but voice-activated commands as prompts to perform a wide range of tasks.
3) Control Your Marketing
Even though most marketing is moving digital, don’t forget about more traditional ways to engage your audiences. While social media and SEO are all the rage, tactics like TV, radio, and even print can still work to increase your brand’s profile and grow your business.
Which brings us to a longtime stable in marketing: cold and warm calling. Often, it’s much easier to pick up the phone and get in touch with a prospect directly than broadcasting a message via email or social media and hope that your audience bites. Increasingly, you can combine technology and call-based tactics for a modern and successful strategy.
Companies like Curve Dental know: marketing automation is a crucial part of promoting your business. The most successful brands don’t just try to raise their awareness, but engage in specific strategies to guide web visitors and leads toward becoming customers. With voice-based automation, that strategy becomes both more authentic and more successful.
4) Control Your TV
What if you could talk to your TV remote? A few years ago, that concept would have seemed crazy on its face. Today, it’s not all that far-fetched. In fact, the largest cable provider in the United States is taking advantage of the concept.
The Voice Remote, part of the Comcast Xfinity X1 cable package, has gotten rave reviews from the tech community. Since it was first introduced two years ago, Comcast has continued to add new features to it that increase the ease with which you can ask your TV almost anything you want.
Ask about the weather. Record your favorite show. Set up a recurring recording for your favorite actor or sports team. Get the scores of all games currently taking place in your favorite sport. The possibilities are almost endless, and continue to grow.
5) Control Your Vacuum Cleaner
Robot vacuum cleaners are no longer enough. Now, major brands in the space are beginning to add capabilities that allow you to control your vacuum cleaner (yes, your vacuum cleaner) with your voice.
Samsung’s VR 7000, for example, has WiFi connectivity, allowing it to access the internet and devices around your home. One of those devices happens to be the above-mentioned Amazon Echo, meaning that you can control your vacuum without the push of a single button.
A number of other vacuum and consumer electronics brands are now following suit. They’re all following the same goal: to increase convenience significantly by allowing you to use nothing but your voice to control everything you need in your home.
The Present and Future of Voice Control
In many ways, the future is already here. Between the Internet of Things and voice-controlled technology, much of what we’re beginning to experience today would seem like it came straight out of a science fiction movie just a decade ago.
That, in turn, means two things: you can enjoy fun, new, voice-controlled technology today; in addition, predicting the future remains a fun exercise that can look to find similar developments in other arenas in the future.
How do you feel about the voice-controlled technology that’s flooding the market today? Do you see any market niches in this space that might still be exploited by intrepid brands? Contact us with your ideas, or share your thoughts in the comments below.