Since the launch of Apple’s Siri in 2011, voice assistants have continued to evolve and be introduced to homeowners for everyday use. In fact, MarTech estimates that 1 in 4 U.S. adults owns a smart speaker (i.e., Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Josh.ai). That’s 60 million people, with a total of over 157 million speakers. But what makes these and other voice control devices so popular among homeowners?
Ease of Use
Whether you use a smart speaker or a device’s built-in voice assistant, voice control makes operating your smart home system easier for you, your family, and guests. While Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Josh.ai – the three main players in the voice control system market – are each programmed with a wide variety of different skills and capabilities, they respond to a similar form of communication: casual conversations. Simply say a command like, “Hey Alexa, turn on HGTV on Amazon TV” or “OK Josh, turn on the lights, raise the blinds, and set the thermostat to 72,” to operate your devices hands-free.
Voice control systems can work with almost any smart home product. If a product is compatible with the voice control system, then you are able to add and use voice control to operate the smart home device. Smart speakers and other voice control systems are relatively small in size, so homeowners have the ability to reorganize a room and hide any technology. Discreetly-installed microphones and the right algorithm also allow voice commands to be easily detected from across the room or anywhere in the house.
Adding voice control into your home may seem like a relatively high cost with how new the technology still is. However, smart speakers with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Josh.ai make it affordable in the long-run since one device integrates with everything.
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