The season of voice-based personal assistants

One of the hottest gift ideas this holiday season are virtual assistants specifically those with a voice user interface (VUI).These handy devices are becoming increasingly common in our daily lives since Siri was first introduced in 2011.

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Smart audio hardware revenues to exceed $10bn by 2022, as audio brands challenge amazon echo

A new report by Juniper Research found that revenues from smart audio devices like the Amazon Echo and Sonos One will grow from an estimated $2.5 billion (€2.11 billion) in 2017 to over $10 billion (€8.42 billion) by 2022, as more audio brands integrate voice assistants into their devices.

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Smart audio hardware revenues to exceed $10 billion by 2022, as audio brands challenge Amazon Echo

A new report by Juniper Research found that revenues from smart audio devices like the Amazon Echo and Sonos One will grow from an estimated $2.5 billion (€2.13 billion) in 2017 to over $10 billion (€8.52 billion) by 2022, as more audio brands integrate voice assistants into their devices.

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Hearable devices in-use to exceed 285M globally by 2022, thanks to 3.5mm jack retirement

The latest study from Juniper Research found there will be more than 285 million ear-based wearables or ‘hearables’ used in 2022, a nearly sevenfold increase over the 43 million expected to be in use by the end of 2017. 

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Communications coming full circle – are we moving back into a voice-first world?

With the wave of personal assistants, such as Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant, and new start-ups leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics to build personal companions, it’s becoming clear we are moving toward a new voice-controlled relationship with technology.

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The value of the human touch in the digital age

“We all need the human touch” sang mullet-toting soft rocker Rick Springfield back in 1983, fearing a dystopian future in the year 2016. While last year didn’t bring us to that traumatic point, we ARE truly embedded in a digital economy

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How will autonomous vehicles drive customer experience?

Whether it’s faster deliveries or better communication, customers’ expectations are on the rise around the world—and when it comes to the field service industry, this is no different.

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Why Machine learning, Data Analytics and Internet of Things are BFF

Internet of Things is often associated with making common objects smart and connected. But it’s not enough to ‘give senses’ to inanimate objects. What we need to do next is to let IoT think and learn. Here is why.

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Statista Digital Market Outlook shows 40% revenue growth for connected car market

Google and Apple have already taken the first steps into the connected car market, and Microsoft is now also going on the offensive to get established in this up and coming market.

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Why the ‘Internet of Things’ is an outdated – and potentially damaging – term

In October 1989, a Sunbeam Deluxe Automatic Radiant Control toaster was hooked up to the internet and unveiled at the Interop conference in Las Vegas. Nearly ten years after that, the term ‘Internet of Things’ was coined – and has been in widespread usage ever since.

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The smart home of the future is on our doorstep

Robot maids? Voice-activated appliances? Automatic meals? The smart home of the Jetsons, America’s favourite space-age family, is hovering ever closer to reality. And in 2016 it will arrive on our doorstep.

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