Just when the world has become accustomed to touch screens as the predominant way in which to navigate the web, it seems that a new method of interaction is upon us. In her annual presentation on the state of the web, Mary Meeker, a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, predicted that voice-based systems are the next frontier in digital interaction.
While Apple, Amazon, and Google have already unveiled voice-based systems, Meeker insists that in order to achieve ubiquity among the average user, voice-recognition software must boast 99% accuracy, something none of the major tech companies have been able to achieve.
The closest among the pack is Amazon, whose voice-enabled speaker Echo has become something of a surprise hit. Since launching in 2014, Amazon has sold 3 million units, thanks to the way it seamlessly interacts with different apps at the behest of the user.
In fact, Meeker suggests that the Echo is so popular that it could supplant the iPhone in terms of popularity, thanks to its Alexa platform, which enables users to play music, call an Uber, or order a pizza via voice control. Meeker also pointed out that the number of available skills for Alexa jumped from a mere 14 last year, to a whopping 950 this year.
Don’t expect Amazon’s competitors to sit idly in the race for voice-recognition supremacy. With Google Home and a new and approved Apple TV expected to launch shortly, this is one race that’s just getting started.
Try out the latest in voice recognition technology with the Amazon Echo, and let us know if you think voice recognition really is the future.