According to ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, voice control will account for close to 1/3 of smart home device revenues by 2021. “Voice control will not only draw in new consumers to smart home functionality, but it will help transform a wide variety of new and emerging smart home services and devices into more attractive investments,” explains Jonathan Collins, Research Director at ABI Research.
“Amazon’s market leadership with its Alexa products and Google’s emerging Home platform strategy reflect not just the popularity of voice control devices within the home but also how voice will become a key smart home interface in the still emerging market for smart home managed systems. Alongside Amazon and Google, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft all have the impetus to bring similar devices and functionality to market,” says the company.
Voice control tech you can buy
There are already numerous smart home technologies available to home owners on the market. Below is a list of some of our favorite ones:
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
Samsung Smart TV
Voice control is only one of the cool features of this TV. New sophisticated Smart Interaction technology enables you to operate your TV without pushing a button. You can easily control functions such as turning on/off your TV, changing channels, accessing apps and navigating the web using simple voice commands.
Ever wish your alarm clock could do more than just wake you up? Then consider taking a close look at Ivee Sleek, a clever, connected alarm clock that responds to your voice commands for hands-free control of third-party smart-home devices, including the Nest Learning Thermostat.
Google has recently unveiled its Google Home speaker, which will hit the market this month. It’s a digital assistant, competing directly with Amazon Echo.