If there was anything mesmerizing or captivating about the current state of smart devices, voice control has got to be one of the key allures ever since the introduction of Amazon Echo, whose “Alexa” voice assistant is capable of responding to commands and interaction between you and your connected devices at home.
However, the idea of an intelligent personal assistant did not bore out of the smart home, and needless to say the devices that evolve around it. Voice control was actually made popular by Siri, a software program incepted by Apple in 2011 that works as a personal assistant and knowledge navigator on iOS.
But unlike Siri's generic interface, the solution by WonderVoice offers a different perspective on how any personal assistant should be – and that is an intelligent voice platform which offers personalized and contextual solution that responds to any user voice request, and in addition is capable of generating conversation with the user based on context-relevant topics.
“Most voice assistants such as Siri enables too generic service that is only good for generic purposes,” WonderVoice CEO and founder Gal Melamed said, adding that his solution offers deep, hands-free interaction that is not confined to a limited number of apps defined by your OS provider. “WonderVoice is more about building a speech engine for diverse, personalized usages,” he explained.
The company's intelligent voice platform delivers complete solution that includes dialog management with content/apps support, and can empower any IoT device – wearables, smart home hubs, connected speakers, etc. – by enabling direct user-to-device and device-to-user interaction.
According to Melamed, WonderVoice is able to link with user's favorite and fundamental apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Youtube, Glympse, and Pocket, as well as services aiming to help drivers like vacant parking detector, and sharing of location.
“WonderVoice liberates the user to vocally connect with all content, hands-free, and as such no longer compels users to reach out to their device, but their device will reach out to them whenever an interesting or relevant activity takes place within their apps.”
Meanwhile, what's cool about WonderVoice is that thanks to its contextual and machine learning technology, it can analyze data based on both past and present content, thus allowing powerful personalization of the speech interface for users' unique content in real-time. Moreover, it understands the difference between the relaxed, ever-changing language of Twitter, for example, in comparison to other more formal texts.
Looking back in retrospect, when iPhone 4S introduced Siri as part of its system iOS, voice interaction was often thought out to be nothing but a cheesy and gimmicky feature, leading many to believe that it was merely part of Apple's strategy to sell more iPhones. But today, the evidence suggested otherwise, as Google recently unveiled “Home” as part of its response to Amazon Echo. Put simply, the trance surrounding voice control already began to brew in March when Microsoft announced that it also plans to integrate its intelligent personal assistant, Cortana, into the popular gaming console Xbox One, whereby it described the AI system as a “personal gaming assistant” able to help you find new games, tips and tricks.
“Voice control is certainly here to stay. We expect to see it as part of our smart home, solutions such as the Amazon Echo and the Google Home will certainly contribute to the burgeoning ecosystem,” Melamed concluded.