Inviting IoT and voice combo into your home

Did you know that the first speech recognition systems developed as early as in the 1950s? Although initially the technology was only able to understand numbers, now, after more than 70 years of constant development, it has finally reached a human-level of accuracy. Today, we see it widespread among various industries and combined with other tech-driven solutions. One of them is IoT — connected with smart speakers, it’s forecasted to conquer more than 66 million households in the US by the end of 2022. Pretty neat, ha?

First things first — what’s IoT?

The Internet of Things refers to devices that we wouldn’t normally associate with being connected to the net, like a light bulb, a coffee machine or a security system. Several home automation appliances can work together and trigger one another to do a particular task, building up to an advanced smart home solution. And in a nutshell, that’s how it works.

So, why do people turn to voice-activated household solutions?

As for now, almost 55 million US citizens own at least one voice-enabled IoT device — excluding smartphones. And why are they so eager to speak with the machine?

  1. Stereotype states that multitasking is a woman’s thing. We, on the other hand, think that it’s a matter of self-organization and an ability to focus, regardless of sex. We also know that voice definitely helps. If one of the tasks can be done solely by speech, your hands and eyes can center upon other things. And just like that — you’re becoming a multitasking guru.
  2. We’re not reinventing the wheel saying that not having to do things manually saves time. So, if you can tell your speaker to turn on the vacuum cleaner in your house, you’re all set to do other stuff, while your home devices operate together to meet your needs.
  3. The Internet is a powerful knowledge base. But in order to find the necessary information, you have to grab your device and type. And what if your hands are covered up in dough or you’re in the middle of cleaning a toilet seat? The answer is simple — just speak. Your voice assistant is there to help.
  4. The last yet not the least important thing is simply making your daily routine much easier. Smart home appliances operated by voice are like these little robots helping you in your chores. You always wanted someone to do that, didn’t you?

Voice and IoT combined — technology giants

So, let’s get a closer look at both solutions.

Google Home Voice Controller

  • Smart light bulbs

You can adjust their colors and brightness according to your mood and preferences without getting up from your chair.

  • Streaming devices

You can play varied types of videos with the addition of a Chromecast device and create a multiroom sound experience for the whole family.

  • Thermostats

You’re too hot or too cold? There’s a simple way to adjust your thermostat according to your current needs. Just specify a number of desired degrees or simply say “Hey, Google, it’s too hot”. The device learns your preferences in each room and keeps the temperature you like.

  • Camera systems

You’re able to watch all your camera feeds connected to the Chromestat-enabled devices, checking them from wherever you are — other country or simply a different room. This smart technology can even learn faces of all of the household members.

  • Smart faucet

Just a few words and Google Assistant will keep your plants watered whenever it’s needed. You can also program the faucet when you’re away to water your garden at particular times each day.

Amazon Echo

Just like Google, it allows you to use your voice in order to activate and adjust streaming systems, smart light bulbs, plugs, locks, thermostats, security cameras, soundbars, and more.

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