Voice control will become the inevitable development trend of smart home in the future.
according to ovum's smart home forecast: report, the popularity of smart home technology will accelerate in the next four years and beyond. At present, many solutions are accessed and controlled through smart applications
however, for many future use cases, on the one hand, this method is inefficient, on the other hand, there will be many inconveniences, such as water bottles, mineral water bottles, milk kettles, etc. Constantly using intelligence (even through a single application program interface) to execute the simplest commands will make users feel troublesome. Therefore, the industry needs to develop new smart home interface technology, and sound, as one of the most natural ways of human interaction, seems to be the easiest choice to think of
Michael Phil, head of ovum consumer service business, hopes to reduce the amount of plastic waste in landfills, waterways and oceans through this move. Pott said that in the future, smart home technology will be able to work without any human interaction; It will also be able to make its own decisions based on certain rules and external conditions/information. However, there will always be situations where users want to interact with technology, such as changing or checking settings at home. Although this information can be obtained by accessing the app, in fact, it is still useful when the user is not at home, but when the user is at home, uninterrupted access to the app may become a trouble. If users can simply get the required response through speaking, everything will become faster and more convenient
as manufacturers have joined the voice control army, at present, installing voice interfaces on every device has caused a lot of waste. Users don't need to talk with all devices or have devices and talk with them. They just want to be able to interact with these devices through the medium of voice. If users want to check whether the back door of their home is locked, they don't want to go to the back door and ask if it is locked. What they need is to be able to ask questions (whether the door is locked) in any room of their home and get answers. They hope to have some core interfaces connecting to the smart home platform and all devices on the platform at home
Amazon is a company that has invested heavily in smart home voice interfaces. There are other companies, such as apple and at t. However, in ovum's view, Amazon's solution is the closest to providing the scenario types discussed above. Amazon's Alexa personal assistant first appeared in Amazon's echo speaker, but now it has been applied to other devices, such as invokia's triby speaker (partly due to Amazon's $1million Fund). Amazon echo speakers have also been integrated into other smart home ecosystems, such as vivint. As of October 2015, vivint smart home system has more than 1million users in North America in the industry that has not permanently increased. By expanding its own ecosystem and integrating it into other ecosystems, Alexa can not only penetrate into more families, but also realize room to room interaction in these families through other third-party connection devices. This will help users access smart home technology anywhere in their home, taking bike sharing as an example, rather than interacting at only one central point
voice interface is actually the AI platform behind it. Like all other voice interfaces on the market today, Alexa is not a finished product. Such defects will lead some people to believe that voice control is nothing more than a gimmick. However, ovum believes that with the growth and further improvement of the ecosystem (including both the natural voice function of the enhanced interface and the AI platform behind it), the smart home based on voice control must be the development trend in the future
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