The Rise of the Voice Assistants

2017 was a big one for A.I. We heard a lot about how A.I. technology is taking over our lives. Amazon were probably one of the big winners of A.I. and voice assistants last year, with the Amazon Echo vastly outperforming any of its nearest rivals such as Google Home. Indeed, the echo sold millions of unity just over the holiday period alone according to this article in TechCrunch:

Amazon sold ‘millions’ of Alexa devices over the holiday shopping weekend

All these devices didn’t break the bank and are very competitively priced. Meaning that they were able to penetrate the mass market. Furthermore, these aren’t gimmicky devices, the wide range of functionality the likes of the Echo, Home etc. can perform is phenomenal. Want to know the time, or the weather in Abu Dhabi? Alexa will only be too happy to tell you. Or perhaps you’d like to use the WiFi Connectivity to stream your playlist, Alexa can assist.

2018 should see the popularity of these Voice Assistants continue, and other iterations will no doubt follow. We’re just waiting for Smartwatches to develop so that A.I and voice assistant technology can be fully integrated.