2014– the Year of the Voice

Are you using Siri or Android voice-recognition capability to text? You’re in good company. Voice-activated apps and activities have exploded. Here are some more examples:

• Google glass lets wearers take photos and give digital directions with voice commands. Microsoft  is testing eyewear that will do the same.

• Google Chome recently launched voice activated search. As Google puts it, “If you can say it, you can search for it.”

• Voice activated home automation is turning on lights, locking doors and garages, and activating security systems, home theaters, etc.

• Voice-activated systems that let automobile drivers dictate and translate text messages, send email, and update Facebook are on the horizon, too. Although some experts have voiced safety concerns, more than half of all new cars will integrate some type of voice recognition by 2019, according to the electronics consulting firm IMS Research.

• According to TrendHunterTech, we already can access 25 voice recognition innovations on everything from watches, clocks, remote controls, appliances, cars, and toys to robotic secretaries, nurses and wait staff.

• But wait, there’s more. How about voice activated direct mail? It’s here and it’s now. MAILPOW brings sound—voices, lectures, music … even your own voice—to direct mail. The audience was wowed, when this service was highlighted at DMAW’s “Innovative Formats and Integrated Campaigns” seminar in April.

Voice activated search, messaging, learning and writing will finally come of age this year … and the world will never be the same. In fact, the next voice you hear – or create – could be a robot.  A startup named Guide is working on a way to transform nearly any online article into a video news piece.

Can you hear me now?

This labelling news was spotted at The Digital Nirvana
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