The keynote news keeps flowing as IFA 2018 quickly approaches. The latest addition to the growing list of major tech brands is Amazon. Daniel Rausch, VP of Smart Home at Amazon, will be on hand in Berlin to discuss how the quickly emerging voice market is continuing to expand and improve everyday experiences.
Digital voice assistants have exploded onto the tech scene in the past two years, and the charge has been lead, almost exclusively, by Amazon. The company’s Alexa voice assistant is available on an entire line of Echo products designed to be placed throughout the consumer’s home—from their TV, to nightstand speakers—and even on third-party products like refrigerators and other high-end speakers.
It’s not just about the products, though, when it comes to voice. Skills are the voice version of smartphone apps, and Alexa has a library that runs tens of thousands deep. Voice skills do everything from offer instant access to news and information to control the smart products that surround us. And, as consumer demand for those voice-first services grow, new advancements in machine learning, AI, and cloud services are contributing to an even wider range of capabilities for services like Alexa—and new opportunities for device manufacturers and skill builders.