With S-Voice, Siri and Google Now, it’s pretty apparent that voice recognition tech will play a larger and larger part in the way we use our mobiles. However, there is one problem facing these systems: they’re not quite clever or active enough. Yet. Here’s how that could be about to change…
Nuance, the company who’s voice software is the likely suspect behind Siri’s natural speech recognition, is working on making this type of tech a lot more alert.
According to Nuance’s CEO Vlad Sejnoha, all the major players in the speech game are “thinking very actively” about how to make their services able to live in a permanent state of readiness.
This not only means future versions of Siri that don’t require any button presses, but also that can work even while the phone’s switched off. The biggest problem facing this kind of always-on system is obviously battery power, but according to Sejnoha we’re just two years away from solving most of the issues involved.
Will the Siri of 2014 hear everything you ever say and learn from it? And, perhaps more importantly, would you want it to?