The power of voice — controlling the smart home

By Menno Koopmans, senior VP subscription broadcasting, Universal Electronics

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Almost 50 years ago, Stanley Kubrick showed us a vision of a unified voice controlled environment in his movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The reality took a while to arrive, and at first provided a less than convincing practical experience, as anyone who has ever tried booking cinema tickets or getting through a customer response system by phone will attest.

The reality is that the ability to for a machine to understand natural speech in real time takes a lot of computing power, and the first practical propositions used the cloud to deliver the necessary processing. Apple’s Siri led the way, and others are now following.

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