Forbes reported that 50 Million adults in the US own a smart speaker. In addition, we’re seeing 50% annual growth in the number of voice first devices. That means it’s only a few more years until we get to a large majority of US households with a voice first device.
And within 10 years? True voice ubiquity in many buildings, including public spaces.
This is where we start to see technological change start to accelerate and go beyond what we can imagine today. In order to be everywhere, voice is going to have to start to sneak into devices that are replaced and updated easily and don’t require a lot of work to implement.
Light bulbs are an example of this. Buildings that decide to retrofit to LED in 5 years might be able to do so with voice enabled LEDs. Maybe it’s time for a thermostat to be updated? Why not have a voice-enabled one? Then, it might mean utility rugs with mics or wireless devices that can be stuck to hard to reach places for voice.
After that, we won’t be talking about voice first devices but instead “endpoints”.