It was 1961 when IBM created a device which paved the way for a big technological breakthrough. Presented at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the IBM Shoebox was the first speech recognition tool that was able to recognize 16 words and digits from 0 through 9.
There was no turning back since then, as devices with speech recognition became more and more sophisticated over the years that followed. Speech recognition devices play a huge role in our everyday lives and the most commonly used speech recognition technology today is the voice-enabled technology.
Also known as voice search, it is mostly implemented by smartphone manufacturers who have created state-of-the-art virtual assistants. These assistants, as well as their smart speaker counterparts are becoming incredibly popular in the United States. Hristina Nikolovskareport from Seotribunal.com states that many people who own a smart speaker admit that they can’t imagine their lives without one. The following list shows several of the things that users can do with voice search.
- Searching for something on the internet
- Getting directions
- Calling or texting someone
- Checking the weather
- Scheduling a reminder, meeting, or event
- Setting an alarm
- Viewing sports scores
- Finding jokes
- Playing music
- Opening an app
- Checking email
The list of the most famous brands which offer voice search includes Google (Google Assistant), Amazon (Amazon Alexa), Samsung (Bixby), Apple (Siri), Microsoft (Cortana), and the best thing is that they are offering it for free.
With the current growth they are experiencing, it is expected that in the years that follow, these assistants will become indistinguishable from humans.
People using voice search technology listed many reasons for using it. Some of them include its usefulness when having occupied hands, faster results, the difficulty of typing on certain devices, to avoid confusing menus, and even because it is considered to be fun and cool.
A mind blowing fact was discovered in a survey conducted by NPR. According to it, 65% of people who own an Amazon Echo or Google Home can’t imagine life without a smart speaker. This shows the impact that voice search and speech recognition devices in general have on our society.
Scroll down and take a look at the infographic to see more than 100 facts about voice search.
Infographic Source: https://seotribunal.com/blog/voice-search-facts-stats/