Advances in voice AI technology are making devices less dependent on cloud connectivity and adding more functionality. Device manufacturers can now choose between a variety of connectivity options, depending on their needs and the needs of their users, including embedded voice assistants that have no connection to the cloud, edge voice AI that is embedded but with more processing power, or hybrid options that have both embedded and cloud connectivity. When voice assistants require only limited or no cloud connectivity, the possibilities for accessible product solutions become endless. Manufacturers can lower manufacturing costs while providing hands-free operation, ensuring greater privacy, and delivering increased product functionality.
Companies in a variety of industries are already realizing the advantages of voice assistants on the edge. Early adopters are discovering how providing greater accessibility, convenience, and ease of use has made their products more accessible for people of differing ages and abilities.
Let’s take a deeper dive into 4 industries where voice assistants are making inroads to products and devices of all types to better understand how and why voice assistants are moving to the edge to make people’s lives more accessible.
We’ll explore the possibilities in 4 industries already entering the voice-first era:
- Smart devices
- Home entertainment
Smart devices with edge voice AI make spaces everywhere more accessible
Voice-enabled smart home technology has the power to increase independence for seniors and people with disabilities. By voice-enabling devices, such as air conditioners, ovens, washing machines, sprinklers, blinds, coffee machines, garage doors, and lights, anyone could simply use their voice to complete daily tasks that they might otherwise need assistance to do.
Instead of having to walk to a device, push buttons, or read screens, voice assistant users can ask questions like:
- “Set the temperature to 68℉ and turn it off at 6 pm on weekdays.”
- “Start the washer in 1 hour on delicate and cold with fabric softener and an extra rinse.”
Even if there are background noises, such as music or chatter, or if the user is far away from the device, advances in voice AI mean it can still accurately understand and respond to queries.