Imagine that someday you wake up in your house and say ‘Ramu, drive news on TV’ … then say ‘Ramu, please make coffee?’
While brushing, ask Ramu what is the traffic this morning and what time do you have to leave for your appointment?
At present, there is no technology in our homes that can help you in this way in real time. And Ramu is actually the voice that is attached to all the electronic machines in your house and adheres to your orders.
It may sound like a science fiction movie, but millions of people in the world are using this technique and these techniques can soon reach your homes.
In countries like USA and UK, there are machines that are equipped with digital voice assistants technology and these techniques have reached many homes in these countries.
Amazon is the first company to launch echo and dot speakers, which features a voice interface named Alexa.
If you ask questions like Alexa from today’s weather, samosas to make samosas and big news in the morning, you can get these answers.
Amazon has rolled out this speaker in the Indian market last year. Now Google is launching similar service called Google Home in India.
World of voice interface
Recently the company named Accenture did a survey. This survey showed that demand for digital voice assistants in India is more than the other countries of the world.
By the end of 2018, voice activated devices can reach India, China and one-third of the population of America.
39% Indians on the Internet say they will buy a voice interface device this year.
In the year 2017, 45 million such devices were purchased in the USA.
How do these devices work?
Amazon and Google’s devices are actually small speakers that connect to your home Wi-Fi.
After starting for the first time, these devices have to go through a set-up process. In this the device asks you to give some commands so that it can recognize your voice and recognize it.
These devices will also have mobile apps that allow you to adapt the mini-app that comes with these devices to suit your needs.
Amazon calls these mini-apps skills. At the same time, Google has named its name.
With these help you can tell the likes of your favorite radio station etc.
After this, when you give a command in your voice, these devices can fulfill your demands according to your choice.
Will the Indian languages understand these devices?
While lifting these products in India, Amazon and Google had to face a major problem.
The problem was the understanding of the commands found in these Indian-style English versions of these devices.
Because till now these devices only understood the commands given in Western English.
Understanding the English spoken in Indian style was a big challenge for these devices.
When Amazon launched its device in the month of October last year, it had to update its software so that the English spoken in India in different ways could be understood.
However, Google can get an advantage because Google’s device will be able to understand Hindi language. However, now it will be wise to see how effective these potentials are.
Both companies have specific expectations from the Indian market. There is a possibility that these companies will also make these devices understandable in the regional languages of India.
What is the future of this technique?
At present, the focus of this technology is on smart speakers.
But these Voice Interface devices are likely to connect to other machines in your home such as TV, Radio, Light System, Security System, Heating, Cooker and Fridge.
Your phone also has the potential of this technology – Android phones have the Google Assistant feature, then there is serial technology in iPhones.
However, the focus of these companies will be on the Indian consumers who make more money.
But this technique can prove to be revolutionary for India’s poorer population where education is a major obstacle in learning digital skills.
Think, a poor farmer buys his first phone, which is equipped with this technology.
In such a situation, instead of learning how to use the Internet from the beginning, it will be possible to command commands in your voice.
Will you stay safe?
Although consumers have a lot of enthusiasm about this technique, but the countries where these techniques have come in, there are concerns related to them.
Worrying is that these devices will always keep listening to you. In this way, it can be a threat to the privacy of your own home.
If the companies that make these devices use your data in some way?
Whether governments and administrative systems can gain control over the data you get from your home.
There are still many such concerns left by these companies to be resolved.
In such a situation when the security and privacy of data are becoming big issues, the Indian consumer would like to keep an eye on these aspects.