A layperson’s exploration of all things voice

Monthly Archives: June 2020

June 30, 2020

Using Your Amazon Echo for Home Security

This C-Net article lists three ways that your Amazon Echo can help protect your house. Two involved the “Alexa Guard” feature and one uses “Away Lighting”…meanwhile, Amazon has made it easier for developers to develop skills for home use, per this Voicebot.ai article

June 25, 2020

Smart Mirrors? Whoa…

There’s something freaky about this Forbes article that describes how a new set of smart mirrors work. Here’s an excerpt:

These smart mirrors feature varying luminosity levels ranging from cool light (optimal for makeup application) to warm light (perfect for winding down before bedtime), defogging features to reduce mirror steam in less than five seconds and memory function to save one’s ideal light settings for daily use. With a minimally designed icon panel, these mirrors are controlled by touching integrated icon buttons. With a luminosity of >300 Lux [unit of illumination] and gradual adjustments of light color ranging from warm candle light to cool light (2,700 – 6,500 kelvin light color), these mirrors afford illumination as required for the task on hand and time of day.

June 23, 2020

Using Voice in the Workplace

One area that I like to ponder is how voice assistants will eventually be used in the workplace. This article from “Small Biz Trends” has some ideas – here’s an excerpt:

Voice assistants like Cortana and Siri can be very helpful in analyzing data. Businesses can use voice assistants for task tracking, as well as time management. You can use voice commands to build analytical queries over large data stores helping you to easily crunch data thus saving you valuable time.

For example, Siri can help you analyze data by using voice commands. You can help build analytical queries over large data trove, dividing data by date ranges or functions by simply using your voice. Voice assistants also help you not only interpret the data but also provide visualization as well.

“One way we use Voice AI specifically at Beyond Key is through automatically recorded Zoom meetings. These recordings are then transcribed, speakers identified, minutes tagged, and keywords flagged. The entire transcription becomes searchable, so you can find any action items”, added Goel on the tasks voice assistants are already making.

Advanced voice assistants are also changing the way we do business. They can now help employees use voice commands to make service requests. They are then transformed into service tickets that are addressed by support staff. This helps expedites the processing of requests and putting job orders in the system with little effort. It can be handy for businesses working in food and beverages, supplies, cleaning or maintenance.

June 17, 2020

Voice Biometrics Will Be Mainstream in 5 Years…

This press release claims that voice biometrics will be mainstream by 2026, driven by the need to protect our accounts and thwart hackers. Of course, voice biometrics has already started – this Voicebot.ai article notes how Google Assistant allows you to make some purchases by using your voice with its “Voice Match” service…

On an unrelated note, Google has made the completed the branding transition from “Google Home” to “Google Nest”…

June 9, 2020

Smart Speakers: Bedrooms are the Most Popular Location

Here’s the stats from this Voicebot.ai article:

– Smart speakers are most likely to be found in bedrooms, leading other locations in the home at 45.5% of device owners
– The popularity of the bedroom rose about eight percent over 2019 when it was the choice of 37.6% of smart speaker owners
– Consumers with smart speakers in the bedroom are more active users of smart speakers across a number of use cases
– Data suggests smart speakers are becoming more integrated into morning and evening routines for consumers and that privacy concerns are no more prevalent based on location within the home

June 3, 2020

Your Voice May Predict Heart Problems

Recently, I blogged about how voice may help detect whether you have Covid-19. This Voicebot.ai article notes a new study that indicates that voice may be able to help detect heart issues. A vocal biomarker – using artificial intelligence – may be able to identify those with a high risk of heart failure without requiring a physical exam. Telemedicine continues its roll…