For more than three decades our primary means of controlling PCs was to type using a keyboard and move a mouse to click on specific locations on a visual display.
Starting around 2007, the addition of touch enabled the modern mobile internet: it hard to see how the smartphone and tablet industries as they exist today could possibly have developed as fast as they have, were it not for the addition of a touch-based interface.
If we think about how touch transformed mobile then it is clear that a major improvement in the ease with which we can use computer devices can catalyse global industries.
We are about to experience a similar surge of growth when voice control is added to computer devices, except that this time we are not just talking about mobile devices or even PCs plus mobile devices, but practically every conceivable human-machine interface.
This report reviews the state of the art in the personal assistant field. With profiles of all the leading players and leading-edge research activity this report provides an excellent review of where the market is today and, more importantly, what the future holds.
The report describes a wide range of detailed use cases spanning computer usage, web search, online retail, smart home and automotive to illustrate just how pervasive and powerful voice control technology will become.
|Microsoft (Personal Assistant /Office Now)|
|Motorola (Moto hint)|
|Sony (Experia Ear)|
|DARPA / IARPA|
|IBM Watson / Sherlock|
We Are Auto-compensating All The Time9
Where Is The Human-Computer Interface Today?11
Example 1: Using a computer14
Use case (i)14
Use case (ii)16
Use case (iii)16
Use case (iv)17
Use case (v)18
Use case (vi)19
Use case (vii)20
Use case (viii)21
Use case (ix)21
Example 2: Searching the web25
Example 3: Home assistant26
Example 4: Controlling entertainment28
Example 5: Driverless cars29
Existing Products: Personal Assistants32
Facebook M... 40
Microsoft Personal Agent/Office Now46
Samsung S Voice47
Sony Xperia Ear/ Motorola Moto Hint49
How Virtual Assistants Work54
How are people using Virtual Assistants?55
What are the current limitations of Virtual Assistants?56
Natural Language Processing (NLP)58
Local Voice Processing61
Microsoft Research: Speech and Dialog Research Group63
IBM Watson and Sherlock65
Visual Information to assist with Voice Recognition66
Integration with Smart Homes68
Integration with Automotive69
Potential Abuse of Market Power71
Perspectives on the Future Format of Virtual Assistants72
|Updated:||10 Mar 2016|
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