“Alexa, flush the loo.” This phrase may become common place as we’re rapidly advancing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) voice controlled assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant. Annual technology show, CES 2018, have showcased some game changing technology, but who’s lagging and who is battling it out for the top spot?
The smart home is coming, and one key player has already integrated it’s AI, Alexa, into your future bathroom. The Alexa feature has been added to a bathroom mirror that can – via cloud service Kohler Konnect – pass commands to smart kitchen taps, a shower system and even a smart toilet.
Whilst Alexa helps you get the perfect temperature bath, Google Assistant has focused more on the audio aspect of the AI assistant. Altec Lansing, JBL and LG’s new smart speakers feature the Google Assistant.
Remember Google Glass? Don’t worry if you don’t because Amazon are coming for Google’s failed idea and execution. Working with Vuzix, they have created a £740 pair of smart glasses.
Siri has been in our lives since the release of the iPhone 4S in 2011, but it hasn’t advanced as much as the Amazon Echo, or affectionately known as Alexa, who was released in 2014. Siri is now available across multiple Apple devices, such as MacBook and iPads. However, users still have a perceived lack of innovation as she can’t understand some accents or simply doesn’t know the answer.
The loser in all of this is Cortana, as the assistant boasts only 230 skills – a far cry from the 25,000 available via Alexa.
News is also circulating that Cortana won’t be added to new HP, Acer or Asus laptops going into the first quarter of 2018. With this crushing defeat this asks the questions; will Microsoft fight for Cortana with a much-needed software upgrade or will she be put to rest in 2018?
In the two-horse race that is AI voice assistants, Amazon clearly have momentum and the resources for expanding Alexa’s versatility. Sorry Cortana and Siri, you may have your work cut out!
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