Voice Recognition, Voice assistant enabled devices and the battle between tech giants
Voice Recognition came to its existence far before Amazon’s Echo. It came into existence in early 1960 with IBM’s first digital speech recognition tool. IBM became first to introduce a voice assistant with its shoebox device. Then one after another tech giants started taking interest in voice assistant and speech recognition technology.
Natural Language Assistants
Dragon not only introduced the first voice recognition software a natural language assistant but also made it available to the customers. The product was not that big success but started something revolutionary.
Modern Era of Voice Assistant
The Modern Era of voice assistant started with Siri. It was originally introduced as a standalone application for the iOS operating system. In October 2011 Apple introduced iPhone 4S with a beta version of Siri. It then evolved throughout the years to become one of the most intelligent voice assistant applications. Then one after another tech giants started introducing their own voice assistant programs. Google launched Google Now in 2012. Microsoft introduced Cortana in 2013 at annual BUILD developer conference.
Smart Devices with Voice Assistant
In 2014 Amazon started a new trend of using voice assistant with other daily use devices cell phones and computers. Amazon introduced Alexa and Amazon Echo in that year. Amazon Echo is a handsfree speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects with Alexa Voice Service to play music, answer questions, provide information, news, and more. Then in 2016 Amazon launched Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. Following Amazon Google launched Google Home in 2016. Google Home is also a hands-free speaker with built-in AI called Google Assistant. Again in 2017 Google introduced Google Home with multi-user support. It was capable to recognize 6 different voices. In 2016 a Chinese manufacturer LingLong launched Echo’s competitor DingDong. Amazon introduced another device called Echo Look on 26 April 2017 with voice assistant feature. Also, Alibaba launched a smart speaker called Genie X1 in July 2017.
It all started an evolution in voice recognition technology and a race between tech giants to make devices with voice assistant. And by seeing the current scenario it seems like Amazon is leading in the race with its Amazon Echo and Alexa.