Imagine, it’s 7am and your clock starts to beep. Instead of stretching your arm and try to find the clock with your eyes still half closed you can simply say “I’m awake” or for the grumpy ones “Shut up”. Go to your bathroom and say “Shower” and you will be having a bath at the perfect temperature. For breakfast you can simply turn on your coffee machine by speaking to it while you go through news and email. Find something worthy to reply just dictate the text and say “Send”. This is just the beginning. Take a glimpse of how our daily life will be with Voice based technology.
55% of teens are using it every day!
People are already talking to their smart phones and car computers asking for directions or information on the Web and sending emails and text messages. In 2014, Google voice search usage more than doubled. According to a survey on U.S. smartphone users, 55% of teens and 41% of adults told they use voice search every day. But the potential of voice based technology goes way beyond, so let’s carry on with our day.
“Fridge, do I need to stop to buy some yogurts?”
Five more minutes and you will be leaving home. It’s subzero temperatures out there so through a mobile application connected to your car computer you say “Start the car and turn the heater on”. You still have time to talk to your fridge “Order the weekly list of groceries, add Merlot to the list and schedule the deliver for 6pm”. One last thing, you ask your house to lock the front door and turn surveillance cameras on. Off you go to your pre-heated car.
Using voice to get business answers
Let’s say you work in sales and you have to visit your clients. Even before you left your garage you can plan your day. Your car computer is connected to a business intelligence tool like Wizdee that allows you to get business answers through voice and text search. To go through your business data you can simply ask using plain English: “Show me my top clients in San Francisco Bay area” or “Clients without orders in the last month”, followed by a “Define the best route to visit them” and you’re ready to go.
Your voice as password
It’s lunch time, you take advantage of your free time to pay some bills on your bank app. No passwords or safety questions needed to login or make payments, your voice is considered distinctive enough to be used for biometric recognition just like your fingertips and face.
You also ask your virtual personal assistant, something like Siri or Google Now, with capabilities of interacting with other applications, to buy you plane tickets to New York and make reservations for three nights in your favorite hotel. It will understand your request even if you don’t say what your favorite hotel is.
You just received a warning from your personal assistant your portfolio is going up 2% during today’s trading.
A different way of experiencing your house
Some more visit to clients and you are ready to back home just in time to receive your groceries. You start cooking dinner ask your house operating system to play the happy songs playlist. With your hands dirty from cooking you ask your Kindle to read the recipe for you.
Dinner is ready, you ask your TV to show you an episode of your favorite TV series and say “Lights in cinema mode”. Ready to go to bed ask your house to “Enter energy save mode and turn all the lights off”. One last thing: “Wake me up at 7am”.
Not far from becoming a reality
Google just launched Brillo, an operating system create to run connected appliances and machines and Google Voice capabilities are well known, meaning that having one morning just like we described before isn’t far from becoming a daily routine. Google is not the only one in this race, Huawei released LiteOS and Samsung e Microsoft have their own solutions for the Internet of Things.
After pass the strange feeling that talking to your devices makes you look like a crazy person, Voice based technology when well executed will easily blend to our daily lives, integrated in the devices that are becoming ubiquitous to us.