There are some that don’t pay attention to CES, the annual consumer electronics gather in Vegas every January. It is filled with USB gadgets, smart refrigerators, and devices that have little impact on the commercial AV market. You need to, though.
Our host for Connected!, David Danto, attends CES nearly every year. He keeps trying to get me to go. This year may have been the tipping point. All because of Amazon Alexa.
I have written and said on several shows that I think the voice control device will come to roost in the corporate setting sooner than we may think. This year’s CES proved why that is even more probable. That is the integration of Alexa into Ford Sync.
Ford Sync is the car manufacturer’s voice interface and infotainment system. In adding Alexa to this interface, you are creating ubiquitousness to Alexa. Yes, it is only in one car companies interface now, but just you wait.
The idea that an executive would get familiar with interfacing with Alexa in their home, and now their car, adds, even more, the likelihood they would look for it in the other place they spend the majority of their time; their office.
I must reiterate this. Alexa, or any voice control, will never take over as the single interface. There should always be physical interface users can control the systems in their homes and offices. Much like the car experience, you can give commands with voice or reach over and adjust the temperature or radio station with the push of a button. The two are not mutually exclusive but complimentary.
Get yourself an Amazon Echo with Alexa if you don’t have one. If you do, begin connecting it to the control system of your choice. Figure out the hooks you and your programmers need to make it work. This is a great experiment for your test and mock-up room. Don’t you have a mock-up conference room? That will have to wait for another blog.
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