Why Now Is the Time to Embrace a Voice-Controlled Smart Home
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Home technology solutions are always evolving. Over the past decade, we saw the rise of the smart app to manage almost everything in your Houston, TX, home. Eventually, apps became so ubiquitous that “There’s an app for that!” became a punchline.
More recently, we’ve seen what Amazon’s David Isitiski called the "dawn of the post-app era of consumer engagement." That's because consumers finally have something even more intuitive than touchscreens to interact with their smart devices: voice commands.
How did voice-controlled home automation become so popular? A better understanding of the rise of voice control will help you see why it’s peaking in popularity in recent years. As you read this blog, you’ll not only learn about the history of voice recognition but also how to best incorporate it into your home.
The Evolution of Voice Control
Software for voice recognition is hard to master since there are so many variables in the spoken word, including dialects, speed and emphasis. Most people claim Bell Labs' Audrey computer from the 1950s as the first machine with voice recognition capabilities, though it could just recognize digits between 0 and 9.
The Markov models of the 1980s offered a breakthrough which would expand that capacity to over 20,000 words. The computer worked by matching words with those already in its database and recognizing patterns to process commands. Since then, the challenge has been how to expand the word database to accomplish seamless voice recognition.
Over the last couple of years, voice recognition has improved drastically due to a few technological advances. At its most basic, the improvements have manifested in enhanced access, reach, and understanding. Low-latency responses, aided both by the devices’ processing capabilities as well as your overall home network capabilities, bring it all together.
The reason the underlying technology is so much better today is due to cloud platforms. As you use your device, the data in the cloud expands to learn more words and patterns. Each day developers also grow this database through their own programming—like the Alexa skills you use to manage devices. This AI ecosystem is continuously growing and learning to allow for commands to become increasingly intuitive.
This revamped voice control is now available in many more devices than smartphones: It's in your speakers, TV remotes, and even AV receivers. Far-reaching listening capabilities also make these tools more comfortable to use since you don't have to be right next to them when giving your commands.
Getting the Full Perks of Voice Control
Employing voice control in your home is as easy as buying a device with Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. If you want to use these voice assists to turn off lights or turn on the TV, you’d have to buy a compatible device and incorporate it into your smart ecosystem. Typically, you do this by pulling up their app and either manually finding your device or having it automatically recognized through your network.
Each time you want to add a new device, you have to repeat the process, which can become a bit tedious if you have a large smart home. In that case, you should go with a voice-controlled home automation system instead. Once you link your Crestron home automation to your voice assistant, you can manage all your smart technology devices via voice commands.
Voice commands even pull up custom scenes that manage various things simultaneously. When you come home, you don't have to individually tell Alexa to turn on the lights, lock the doors behind you and turn on the living room TV. Simplify everything by saying, "Alexa, recall my Welcome scene."
Our experts craft custom voice-controlled home automation solutions that leave you with your personal technology concierge. To get started, schedule a one-on-one consultation with our team by calling (281) 907-9620, filling out our contact form or chatting with us below.