4 Powerful Ways Speech Recognition Changes User-Device Experience
Speech Recognition and Interaction with Machines
We clearly live in world that is increasingly saturated with voice-enabled devises. From the smart home, and hotels with smart entertainment systems, to appliances and security, to the wide array of personal IoT products and consumer and industrial electronic applications, voice is no longer the future, it plays an essential role in our lives now.
As technology continues to improve and advance human-to-human and human-to- machine voice and speech recognition capabilities, it’s important to acknowledge how ease of interface, or interaction, is reshaping the experience for users. OEM and IoT product innovators understand that voice capture technology that enables high- performance speech recognition will need to rise to the occasion.
Main uses of speech recognition
The technology is currently being employed in a number of different ways, including:
- Voice user interfaces (VUIs) allow the user to interact with a system through voice or speech commands. Popular voice assistants such as Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant are examples of VUI.
- Voice dictation: Speech transcription into text automatically done via device.
- Voice authentication:Analyzes voice to verify the identity of the person for security purposes.
How speech recognition changes user-device interaction
As the applications become more commonplace for today’s consumers, there are transformations in the way users interact with the devices they own.
Here are four ways that show how voice technology has advanced.
Hands-free life: Throughout the day there are multiple occasions that one may need to use a phone, personal computer or a controller for a device. At one time, all those things were physically tied to cables and keyboards. This changed remarkably with the introduction of speech recognition, voice commands, and smart devices. In fact, mobile phones, computers and controllers today can all be linked together through IOT. The user is no longer tethered by cables and to keyboards, making it possible to trigger actions and events only with words. Taking notes, setting reminders and alarms is something that can be done instantaneously, and also while working on something else at the same time. It’s a smoother interaction that also allows for seamless multitasking.
Security: Once associated with futuristic sci-fi tales, speech recognition makes it clear that the future is now. Adding voice recognition through biometric data to devices makes life safer for the user and also helps to eliminate the need for physical keys to access home, office or other secured space. Now those “keys” become your unique voice. Special algorithms and speech analysis identify individual users while advancements in technology help distinguish a human from a recording. Voice biometrics define a new way — as well as safer, faster and more adequate way — of authentication that far surpasses pin passwords or other two-factor authentication techniques.
Social Inclusion: Being able to write using just your voice and without a physical input interface (like a keyboard), allows people with disabilities to interact via voice commands with smart IoT devices.. Limitations are lifted for those who find typing difficult, painful or impossible. Voice recognition also helps users who suffer with spelling difficulties (such as dyslexia) because recognized verbal words are always correctly spelled. These simple changes affect everyday life and improve social inclusion that can lead to acceptance, more opportunities, and in general a better society overall. Instead of isolating humans, speech recognition has a positive impact of enabling a new dimension of inclusiveness.
Search engines: People write and speak in specific ways. While typing a question into a search engine, keywords may only be entered. However, when a person speaks and asks a question verbally, he or she tends to use more words. Speaking is a more natural way of communication, but it has taken thousands of years for our brains to interpret language, dialects and accents. Voice recognition allows for customization of each user. Meanwhile, search engines are evolving to integrate the speech recognition to keep up with the demand. As accuracy improves, searching as we currently know it will change from being keyword based and instead become a more natural call and response for questions we have about the world around us.
The future of speech recognition
As the tech race continues and the computational power increases, so does the abilities of VUI’s and the accuracy and understanding of voice commands. Research already forecasts nearly 92.3% of all smartphone users will be extensively using voice assistants by 2023.
Additionally, as people across the globe navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has suddenly become aware of how many things we touch during the day but now try to avoid. A more touchless existence has become more essential than simply convenient. Speech recognition technology enables that.
Verbal communication and voice recognition won’t just help within the home and office, but can be applied to many other facets of our daily lives as the technology advances and numerous industries incorporate smart voice devices for everyday use.
To meet the demand for a better voice experience, ArkX Labs has developed a portfolio of voice solutions that enable the integration of superior speech recognition into virtually any electronic device. Its EveryWord™ Ultra Far-Field AFE Module and the Integrated Voice Module solution feature Cirrus Logic and NXP AP technology and are pre-qualified by Amazon Voice Service. This provides Fortune 500 OEMs, and start-ups who want their own branded, voice-enabled IoT products and smart devices, with the ability to build-in that capability while reducing their development time and costs, and accelerating their time-to-market, all while mitigating development risks.
These advanced voice capture solutions recognize speech from 3X (>9 meters) the distance of standard far-field technology, around corners, and best of all, in noisy and reverberative environments without having to lower playback volume from loud music. They have the unique ability to identify and suppress speech from TV and provide ultra-low power battery operation for wake-on-word.
When comes to speech recognition and voice performance, the status quo of “good enough” is no long good enough.
Learn more about the Ark Labs EveryWord™ portfolio here.
This article was republished and modified with permission from Ark Electronics.