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The State Of The Smart Home: Voice Control

Fifty-five percent of U.S. broadband households find it appealing to use voice control to control or understand the status of connected devices, according to recent research from Parks Associates.

“The act of ‘waking up’ a personal assistant by simply calling its name is a natural and intrinsic way of interacting with devices and has facilitated a robust user experience,” said Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst, Parks Associates. “The strong consumer response to voice control and voice-based technologies is driving ecosystem players to expand the voice-first landscape, as voice provides a natural gateway to smart home products. Integrating voice-enabled capabilities and features will lead to greater smart home adoption throughout the U.S. and Europe.”

Parks Associates recently published a white paper, “Impact of Voice on Connected Consumer Markets,” that tracks the progress of this nascent technology. According to the report, the average U.S. broadband household has 8.1 connected computing, entertainment, or mobile devices, and 2.1 smart-home devices.

“Voice serves as a potential key interface across these devices and also promises to alleviate the complexity in fragmentation,” said Parks, noting that smart-home adoption has been “stymied by competing protocols and fragmentation.”