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Voice Technology Changing the Way We Interact with Our Devices

In recent years, speech technology has grown in popularity, from smart speakers in homes to voice control in automobiles. Voice technology first gained recognition when it was used in smartphones. Mobile app development companies leveraged the technology to create attractive games and virtual assistants. Now with voice recognition becoming a norm, companies look forward to hiring application developers that can take this technology to the next level.

The COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst for speech technology’s rise to popularity, with over 40% of the US population utilising smart speakers on a recurring basis by 2020. Because of its frictionless appeal, speech technology usage soared in 2020, and now, as we enter the inoculation phase of the epidemic, marketers are recognizing that customers aren’t willing to relinquish the convenience voice technology provides in the future. WHAT IS VOICE RECOGNITION?

A machine or program’s capacity to accept and interpret dictation or recognize and carry out spoken commands is known as voice or speaker recognition. When we talk about Alexa, Bixby, or Siri, we’re talking about the interface, which includes numerous software layers ranging from speech recognition to AI to voice-enabled apps. In fact, voice technology combines IoT (devices and gadgets), AI (services), and UX (interface) to create a hands-free technology that mimics speculative fiction to a large extent. Users can interact with voice recognition systems by simply speaking to them, making requests, setting reminders, and performing simple tasks without requiring them to use their hands.

HOW DOES VOICE RECOGNITION WORK?

Analog audio must be transformed into digital signals by voice recognition software on computers, a process known as analog-to-digital conversion. A computer needs to have a digital library, or vocabulary, of words or syllables, as well as a quick way to compare this data to signals in order to decode a signal. When the application is started, the speech patterns are stored on the hard drive and put into memory. Pattern recognition is performed via a comparator, which compares the recorded patterns to the A/D converter’s output.

In practice, the amount of a speech recognition program’s usable vocabulary is exactly proportional to the computer’s random access memory capabilities. When opposed to scanning the hard drive for some of the matches, a speech recognition program operates many times quicker if the complete vocabulary can be put into RAM.

While speech recognition technology began on PCs, it has since spread to mobile devices and home assistant products in both the commercial and consumer sectors. The ubiquity of smartphones allowed speech recognition technology to be integrated into user wallets, while home gadgets such as Google Home and Amazon Echo allowed voice recognition technology to be integrated into living rooms and kitchens. As the usage of speech recognition technology expands and more users interact with it, firms using voice recognition software will have more data and information to send into the neural networks that fuel voice recognition systems, enhancing the products’ capabilities and efficiency.

FUTURE OF VOICE TECHNOLOGY

The technology underpinning voice interfaces are rapidly changing as major internet companies such as Amazon and Google compete for customer loyalty. Companies are investing in cutting-edge technology and apps that cater to the demands of their customers. Part of this is due to increased close competition. However, many consumers are transitioning from touch to voice-enabled goods and services. Artificial intelligence is another new technology that is transforming our lives (AI). This technology is infiltrating our lives in a number of ways. Voice technology is now more frequently utilized than ever before in the Internet of Things and other voice-activated devices. According to experts, the number of voice assistants will skyrocket in the next years. Technology is likely that will find its way into practically every aspect of daily life.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Techahead .

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