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How is the Power of Voice Transforming our Relationship with Technology?

How is the Power of Voice Transforming our Relationship with Technology?

Voice-enabled technology has rapidly evolved from a novel concept to one that now plays a central role in our day-to-day lives. According to a report from Google, 72% of people who own voice-activated speakers say their devices are used as a part of their daily routines. But it wasn’t too long ago that using voice commands to turn on the lights in your house or finding a recipe for roasted chicken seemed more like sci-fi than reality.

Voice Enabled

Companies had been experimenting with voice control technology since the 50s, but up until the early 2000’s, accuracy rates topped out at 80%, and progress seemed to be slowing down. That is, until Google launched voice search capabilities for its iPhone app, which allowed users to perform internet searches by simply dictating their questions. When Apple announced Siri two years later, the company ushered in the age of the digital assistant as we know it today.

After Siri and the Google Assistant came Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa, quickly solidifying the four tech giants as leaders in the space. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, with market researchers expecting the global speech and voice recognition market to reach $22.3 billion by 2024.

Voice Enabled Technology

Voice-enabled technology continues to take the tech world by storm, and HARMAN is dedicated to partnering with the world’s leading technology companies to deliver voice-enabled audio solutions for the home, in the car, at the office, or on the go.

Knowing that music streaming is one of the most popular uses of digital assistants, HARMAN offers consumers a premium line-up of devices that are compatible with their preferred AI platform, including the Harman Kardon Citation product family with Google Assistant. Also, the FLY series including FLY ANC and FLY TWS comes with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in.

When considered holistically, these integrations represent concrete, tangible steps toward a more connected world, and a more connected life for each of us – whether we’re at home, the office, on vacation, or on the go.

At HARMAN, we believe that voice control is a cornerstone of a seamless and intuitive connected lifestyle. Voice-enabled speakers have brought digital assistants into our homes and offices, and the integration of these assistants to other devices will allow users to further expand their connected worlds. Most of today’s voice assistants are limited to basic functions, such as playing music, performing a quick search, or sending short emails or texts. While their main function now is to respond to commands and remember predetermined settings, in the future the technology may evolve beyond perceiving preferences and tastes to respond to human emotion. In other words, voice-activated devices may be able to anticipate your needs, even before you do.

There’s no doubt that smart assistant services are a key component for intelligent products integrated into the Internet of Things, and we are exploring these innovations with world-class partners across all our divisions including Lifestyle Audio, Professional Solutions, Connected Car and Connected Services.