Practically everyone has had some kind of experience with voice technology, and it looks like that in the future a life without the presence of our voice-enabled assistance would likely seem unimaginable.
Siri, Alexa, and Cortana have managed to surpass the skill sets on any human assistant in just a few years. You rely on them to wake you up in the morning, remind you about an event that is upcoming, or merely to inform you of the weather.
Voice technology has transformed the ways we do everyday tasks and the way we interact with our devices, enabling us just to use our voice and check off various things on our to-do lists.
There are many things that voice technology is already helping us with, and there will undoubtedly be many more as this technology gets further upgrades and improvements. We’ll take a look at some of the things that voice technology is sure to change in the near future.
1. VT could make wallets obsolete
Research has proven that voice can be as effective and secure a biometric identifier like a fingerprint. Instead of carrying cash and credit cards, items could be paid for by using the voice, as a voice print could be kept on file and matched securely.
Some experts think that soon people will be able to simply use their smart devices with voice assistants, command “Pay bills,” and never again have to wait in lines or waste time clicking away to pay them online.
2. VT could make screens obsolete
This can be difficult to imagine. But when you think that users communicate with devices by asking them questions or issuing commands, and receive verbal answers themselves, for example when driving, it may not seem like such a far-fetched idea.
Alexa, considered to be Amazon’s most successful product, is a virtual assistant which is always on standby and is activated by talking in the air. This device has no screen whatsoever and has been in use for the past five years with great success. When you want to turn on the lights in your room, you simply say, “Alexa turn on the lights,” without having to touch the switch yourself.
We can see how the voice technology has enabled people just to speak what they want and get it.
3. VT could make search boxes obsolete
We can agree that verbalizing something is much quicker and easier than having to type it. This means that search engines can start fearing could become a thing of the past.
Both Apple and Android smartphones have this built-in functionality which has significantly changed the lives of people with impaired sight and mobility and enhanced their life quality.