Voice Assistants have become quite a thing today. The market seems to be ever growing, with major players such as Amazon, Apple and Google marketing their flagship assistants across the globe. To many, voice assistants could replace major digital markets. But are they really capable enough to do so? Or are they just another cool technological fad? To answer this question, we will first look at the pros and cons of voice interaction over traditional interfaces, namely digital displays.
Limitations of Voice.
1. Areas of Usage:
The areas in which voice control can be used are quite limited. You can search with voice, set alarms or timers, add items to your shopping list or even play your favorite songs. But it cannot offer the vast multitude of facilities offered by digital interfaces. Such as gaming, for instance. Or watching a movie.
Creating a vast number of languages is far simpler in digital interfaces than in voice control. This is a major limitation, since it would exclude a massive population speaking different dialects. However, the progress in this problem has been quite fast and successful, so it is possible that this might not even be a problem in the future.
Using voice control in a noisy environment can become a headache. Voice Assistants require a quite environment to perform with ease. Such an environment may not be available at all times. But again, noise cancellation technology is growing, though not fully capable yet.
Though all major smartphones have voice assistants, the availability of this interface is far lesser than digital interfaces. A mojor proportion of households do not have smart speakers.
Advantages over digital:
Voice Assistants perform a specific number of tasks with great speed. Say, for example, searching. You can just say ‘OK Google, search for this’ and voila, it’s done. This is much faster than picking up you phone, opening your browser or Search Engine and typing it all. Setting alarms and timers to, are much faster done by voice.
Its so much easier to just say a command than do it using a digital screen. Speed also enforces ease. Its much easier and requires no prior knowledge to use.
Voice recognition certainly has advantages is usage, but also a number of drawbacks and limitations. The perfect solution to overcoming the limitations is to take the benefits of voice and combine with digital. Voice should be a way to interact with your digital interface. You tell Alexa to play a movie and then watch the movie on your TV or mobile device.
In any way, Voice cannot replace the traditional interface. It can only work with it.
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