Speech Recognition & The Internet of Things

Speech Recognition technology which has become ubiquitous today seems like to be integrated in more and more devices in a way that raises accessibility and interaction in the near future.

Thanks to the developments in natural language understanding (NLU), today it is possible to control devices by speaking naturally instead of being stuck in limited voice commands since they are able to understand what we mean from what we say. NLU technology transforms a broad set of devices to intelligent systems that can learn and adapt as they are interacted with users.

One of the most important reasons behind the estimated popularity of speech recognition use is the internet of things (IoT). The concept can be defined simply as ‘the connectedness of people and things.’ Internet of Things make connections between people, data, and devices to provide various benefits for businesses and individuals.

According to Gartner, by 2020 the use of IoT will reach to 26 billion units while the aggregate benefits that businesses derive through the sale and usage of IoT technology will reach $1.9 trillion. Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020.

Speech Recognition technology would be a basic interface for the communication aspect of the internet of things. In other words it uses voice to connect people and things. From wearable devices to personal assistants and home appliances voice recognition would be applicable where conversation is needed. The technology would sweep as a result of the increasing number of people who adopt and be a part of internet of things.