Is the Internet of Things (IoT) a hype? Is the huge clamour about the potential of IOT services is just a bubble waiting to be burst open some day? If we are already using connected devices for years, what’s really the catch with the so called IOT solutions? Is it really something like an intentionally coined phrase for marketing the same old gadgets, maybe with an enhanced interface and feature set? With the connected reality being constantly talked about without any real shift in our approach to device usage, many experts are increasingly harboring doubt about the real character of IOT. While the doubts and controversies on IOT can continue, a new possibility with the Internet ready devices is looming large and it is none other than the Internet of Voice or IOV.
- A Paradigm Shift From IOT to IOV
What is the core proposition of IOT? It is mainly the data gathering and based on the value extracted from this data by sophisticated algorithm allowing more user optimized interactions with gadgets and device interfaces. Now, collecting device data only to find some value for the sake of new device interaction is undoubtedly a tough and challenging thing to do. The process is time consuming and requires multitude of devices to extract value. The problem is without substantial value users are also reluctant to buy devices.
The Internet of Voice or IOV is a lot different in this regard. With IOV the developers do not need to know about coding to manipulate the value and the users do not need to know about device features and buttons. All they need to do is to ask questions and get answers from the devices. In many ways this can really initiate a paradigm shift in the world of technology. We no longer need our smartphones to take control of our connected reality around. Just voice commands can do everything.
- The Emergence Of Voice As A Big Contributor
If you just look back at the world of telephony and how it evolved over the decades, you understand the so called concerns over clarity when hearing voice just evaporated years before the new revolution to bring voice in the decisive role began. Obviously, voice command dependent digital assistant features introduced in smartphone for the first time gave voice it’s deserving command and thus we got Siri, Apple’s revolutionary voice assistant. Soon, all major device manufacturers and web interfaces including Google search engine will introduce voice as a crucial feature. Thus from voice search in Google to Microsoft Cortana to voice typing feature in Google Docs, voice as a crucial feature continued to proliferate. Do you know around 20% of queries made with Google over phone are done through voice? So, voice continuing to be louder in the world of technology.
In future, if voice recognition technology grows then individuals may wonder why they ever used a keyword
- Voice Will Continue To Dominate Device Interaction
The device interaction at our home or at workplace or elsewhere no longer needs a mobile app to take control. Your voice is enough to make them work in the desired way. When Amazon launched Echo, the voice commanded home speaker system just couple of years ago, it offered a revolutionary way of playing music. Soon, other devices with similar technology and advanced capability followed. Now, with the launch of Alexa for Echo, Amazon took the Internet of Voice revolution to the next level.