When you think of the power and reach of voice through the lens of technology, you likely think back to simpler times--a time when whole families would gather in front of the radio and listen to Orson Welles' gripping narration of "War of the Worlds," or a time when the only contact you had with your crush was through a landline that you constantly had to fight off your annoying siblings to use. Telephony and radio were huge tech empires built on the power of voice, but as technology evolved, they quickly started becoming obsolete. Video killed the radio star, talking morphed into texting and voice as a tech powerhouse was cracking. But then the tides started turning yet again. Podcasts burst onto the scene and became a surprise hit.
Voice assistants have been successfully adopted for simple, routine tasks, such as asking for the weather or setting an alarm. However, as people get more familiar with voice assistants, they may increase their expectations for more complex tasks, such as exploratory search-- e.g., "What should I do when I visit Paris with kids? Oh, and ideally not too expensive." Compared to simple search tasks such as "How tall is the Eiffel Tower?", which can be answered with a single-shot answer, the response to exploratory search is more nuanced, especially through voice-based assistants. In this paper, we outline four challenges in designing voice assistants that can better support exploratory search: addressing situationally induced impairments; working with mixed-modal interactions; designing for diverse populations; and meeting users' expectations and gaining their trust. Addressing these challenges is important for developing more "intelligent" voice-based personal assistants.
There's a good old saying that says'it takes a village to raise a child' and in the world of tech I believe that child is currently voice assistants. Pretty much most of the new technologies are incorporating voice features and there's a big reason for that. Aside from the fact that it makes interaction with systems easier, voice assistants are not yet advanced and their development relies on analysing vast amounts of voice data. This is why open source projects like the Mozilla Common Voice project exist where users can donate their voice to research and it is also why tech giants like Google and Amazon are pushing out products like Alexa and Google Home. So what exactly do tech companies want to do with our voices?
Meet the OLA security camera: a voice activated AI security camera with face recognition that can tell strangers from familiar people. It can alert you to any fall, cry, or glass breaking. With voice activated search, Ola can find you specific events faster. OLA has day and night body detection. With body movement analysis, it can read aggressive or dangerous behavior.