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What is a Voice Assistant, and How Do They Work?

What is a Voice Assistant, and How Do They Work?

Voice Assistants are developed to satisfy your demand for a luxurious life. Imagine telling your phone to call someone without having to scroll through the phonebook or asking Siri to turn the music on. As artificial intelligence technology matures, these things and much more are possible.

Do not confuse voice assistants with virtual assistants. The latter refers to people you hire remotely to complete tasks while Voice Assistants are a technology.

Read on to learn more about this technology, how it works, and some of the things you can do with it.

What are Voice Assistants?

This is a technology built to respond to voice instructions and provide answers based on your query or commands. Although still in its infancy stage, Voice Assistants are able to do many things such as processing product orders, playing music, answering questions, and even calling certain phone numbers.

The foundations for the technology to grow have already been laid. Based on the way it is progressing and advances in AI, Voice Assistants may soon become the new normal. They hold the promise of accomplishing more complex tasks than what they do today.

The future outlook for Voice Assistants is that they will act as a bridge between humans and the Big Data available on the Internet. Devices that incorporate the technology will potentially harness this data to return more accurate responses to inquiry.

What can Voice Assistants do?

  1. Play music

They function as personal DJs, scanning the Internet and your storage media to create a customized playlist. Issue a command such as “Play Music” plus the song title, and the Voice Assistant will get you going. Link this to a wireless home theater and fill the house with magnificent sound.

There are times when you may issue a command for a certain song, only to be shocked that the assistant does not understand the song. A quick work around the issue is to link the Voice Assistant to a music service such as Tidal, Spotify, or Pandora. YouTube is also a great companion when looking for some cool hits.

  1. Drive safely

A significant number of car accidents are a result of driving while using the phone. Thanks to Siri, Cortana, and Google Voice Assistant, you can operate your phone driving, without touching. Ask it to call someone or send a text message while it is safely positioned from you.

You can also get directions to any place from the leading Voice Assistants. Inquire about the nearest gas station when running out of gas instead of taking a dangerously long route.

  1. Locate misplaced devices

More often than not, we misplace our phones and spend a significant amount of time looking for them. You can rely on Cortana, Siri, Alexa, and Google Voice Assistant to find misplaced or lost devices. The feature can also work for tablets and computers when necessary setup is done.

  1. Up to date news

Do not let anything pass you by. Voice Assistants are pre-parked with features to scan news websites and deliver the information right on your smartphone. It can inform you whether it's going to rain, which is the latest in the world, and much more.

  1. Random fun

Ask the assistant to tell you a joke, and it will not disappoint. Have more fun by asking Siri whether she knows about Cortana or whether Google Voice Assistant knows your partner’s name. Speak out anything that comes into your mind for a joyful evening.

  • HA

    It’s so cool when there is someone, or in this case something, who will find and turn on a favorite track, and then another one. I hate to sit and surf hundreds of track names on my playlist when I want to listen to something specific. Before, I underestimated this technology and it’s strange. Thank you, Nomad, for always throwing up cool tips!

  • AL

    I didn’t even think that voice assistants had a feature for scanning news sites. It’s super convenient! I want to keep up with the outside world and be aware of what will be discussed at lunch today, but I often regret this time. And if the voice assistant spends this time for me and tells me everything while I’m going somewhere, then it will be perfect for me.

  • SA
    Sarah J

    Unfortunately for myself, I am the very person who constantly can’t find my phone or tablet. Because of this, I’m always late everywhere and I really don’t like it. I usually take the phone from someone nearby and call my own. But the idea of using a voice assistant for this seems so cool to me, I urgently need it! Nomad, you always help me out, thank you!

  • MI

    A voice assistant is just a necessity when you’re driving. I’ve been using it for a very long time and I can’t even imagine how I would drive, constantly answering phone calls or sending messages to chat. If there are drivers who think they don’t need Siri, then I assure you, you are mistaken. Just try it!

  • HA
    Hasan Guller

    My wife and I just love having fun with Siri like little kids! We ask it to predict something for us like a horoscope for the day or we answer with a joke for a joke and the conversation sometimes turns out to be very fascinating. I recommend a voice assistant to anyone who is sad or bored. This new technological friend will change a lot in your days!

  • AN
    Ana Rys

    The article introduces the reader to the world of voice assistants and provides main information about them.Smart speakers with voice assistants are very handy, one can use them for many things. As it is stated in the article, they can play music, locate misplaced devices, help drive safely and you can have fun with it! However, the main drawback is that very few of them have a battery, so you can’t take your voice assistant with you, let’s say, to the beach party.

  • ST
    Stacy Haze

    Wow, what an amazing article! Voice assistants already are new normal, almost each of my friends use voice assistants to some degree. It’s really very fun and helpful. Before, to find my phone, I called myself from my another phone and thus located the first one. Now it’s much easier. I’m sure the list given in the article can be at least 5 times longer but still it would be very helpful for those who are only starting to use voice assistants.

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