For years we've been promised a computing future where our commands aren't tapped, typed, or swiped, but spoken. Embedded in this promise is, of course, convenience; voice computing will not only be hands-free, but totally helpful and rarely ineffective. That hasn't quite panned out. The usage of voice assistants has gone up in recent years as more smartphone and smart home customers opt into (or in some cases, accidentally "wake up") the AI living in their devices. But ask most people what they use these assistants for, and the voice-controlled future sounds almost primitive, filled with weather reports and dinner timers.
What does the future hold? For me it is at least full of bacon: packing my scallops and shrimp, sitting next to my eggs, spread over my Waldorf salads. But 2020 is also full of technological progress and the continuation of the innovations that have made the world race faster than you can say "not too crisp, please." Three fields hold the most promise for the tech world in the coming year: internet of things (IoT); artificial intelligence (especially AI & # 39; s most visible face, voice assistants); and 5G connections and devices. Make no mistake: just like a steak that flavors a steak, it is the combination of these trends that really unlocks their power.
Add the magic of a voice assistant to your home. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Believe me guys, you don't know what you're missing out on if you don't yet have a voice assistant in your life. For instance, with over 50,000 skills, Alexa can assist you in ways you didn't even know you needed, like helping you track your fitness goals, improve your sleeping habits, or even advance your child's learning.
Chatterbox is a build-it-yourself, program-it-yourself smart speaker that teaches kids how to program a voice-based AI system. The company is able to ensure complete privacy because it is using Mycroft, an open-source voice assistant that is not always listening, not collecting any data, and not advertising. In addition, the product is fully compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which is what the Federal Trade Commission uses to regulate governing online services directed at children under 13 years of age. The company announced recently that it would be launching a Kickstarter campaign on April 30th, and will ship to consumers in schools in December 2019, with a suggested retail price of $179. We've honed in on privacy, safety, and accessibility because our mission is to provide the healthiest and safest alternative computing platform for children.
The Amazon Echo, Dot and other Alexa-enabled devices don't often play well together in the same house – particularly if they're within earshot of each other. That wasn't a problem because most of us had only one smart speaker – if we had any at all. Amazon says the number of households with more than one smart assistant-enabled device doubled last year. That lends credence to an independent survey taken late last year declaring that nearly 1 in 4 US households had a voice-enabled device inside – and about 40 percent of those have more than one. Which can only mean that more of us are experiencing the headaches of these early days in the Alexa multi-device experience.