Sunday, November 3, 2013

2014 Is the Year of the Voice

Is anybody here using Siri or Android voice-recognition capability to text? You’re in good company: Voice activated apps and activities have exploded. Here are some more examples:

Google glass lets wearers take photos and get digital directions with voice commands. Microsoft also is testing eyewear that will do the same.

Google Chome’s has a new voice activated search capability? As Google puts it, “If you can say it, you can search for it” 

Meanwhile, voice activated home automation is turning on lights, locking doors and garages, and activating security systems, home theaters, etc.

Voice-activated systems that let automobile drivers dictate and translate text messages, send email, and update Facebook are on the horizon, too. In fact, more than half of all new cars will integrate some type of voice recognition by 2019, according to the electronics consulting firm IMS Research.

We’ve been waiting for this a long time, folks, and 2014 will be the year the voice screams! Voice activated search, messaging, learning and writing will finally come of age in 2014 … and the world will never be the same.

In fact, according to TrendHunterTech, we already can access 25 voice recognition innovations on everything from watches,clocks  remote controls, appliances, cars, toys, robotic secretaries, nurses and wait staff.

But wait, there’s more. How about voice activated direct mail? It’s here and it’s now. MAILPOW brings sound—voices, lectures, music –, even your own voice—to direct mail. The audience was wowed, when this service was highlighted at DMAW’s “Innovative Formats and Integrated Campaigns” seminar in April this year.

In fact, the next voice you hear – or create – could be a robot. A start up named Guide is working on a way to transform nearly any online article into a video news piece.

Can you hear me now?

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