In the future, we will interact with computers mainly by voice. However, for these teams to allow instant interaction, they must be assigned to individuals. I am referring to the interaction between virtual assistants and wearable devices.

Technologists are skeptical of the arrival of virtual assistants and devices of this type. Some of them love and trust fully in their possibilities, while others think in a totally different way. That is why it may seem unlikely that these two technologies, used together, may seem like the future of computing.

Wearables as smart speakers

There are well-known devices in the form of loudspeakers that act as personal assistants, see intelligent speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod, recently announced by the Cupertino company and that will be available early next year. It is the last incursion of the many that already exist, since Amazon’s Echo has already celebrated its third anniversary in the market since it was launched.

Many technology enthusiasts have resorted to discussion forums and social networks to put them into question, mentioning that they are already available on smartphones or desktops. Many critics raise their voices indicating that nobody needs a smart speaker. But the truth is that the need has almost nothing to do with the technologies that change the culture. In fact, technological products are generalized because they are easy to use.

Instead of thinking of them as intelligent speakers, we should think that they are products or technologies that enable specific human behaviors. With a smart speaker in the home , just talk to get an answer or result audibly (as simple as turning on the lights). With this simplicity of use, the use of technologies is encouraged, especially in the end user environment.

Thus, throughout the next year, these circumstances will occur:

  • The virtual assistants of AI will become much more intelligent and precise.
  • The habit of using voice will prevail over keyboard handling
  • More people will buy smart speakers

In fact, virtual assistants are able to carry what the Internet was for smartphones. The use of these intelligent loudspeakers, associated with virtual assistants, creates an ecosystem with enormous possibilities whose experience can not be emulated by mobiles, at least for the moment and although the hands-free mode is used. When a smartphone is in your pocket or bag, does not allow interaction with the virtual assistant application installed on it, unless we have a peripheral or accessory such as the headset.

In this way, the use of wearables with artificial intelligence will grow significantly in the coming months. Half of those wearables powered by artificial intelligence have been called hearable: smart headphones such as Apple’s AirPods, Samsung’s Icon X and many others. The first ones are completely designed with Apple’s Siri virtual assistant in mind , so by double clicking on the AirPods , Siri conjures up and answers the questions, regardless of where the iPhone, iPad or device that is associated is located. Samsung is working to get a similar experience between its virtual assistant Bixby and this type of headphones.

The Pixel Buds of Google have received negative reviews, but nevertheless, those who have used it praise the integration of the assistant with Google. Recently a wide variety of hearing aids and similar more specific products have emerged such as Vinci 2.0, Xperia Ear or the Fitbit Flyerfor everything related to physical activity, which can be synchronized with the exercise bands or the Ionic watch of the company.

For security purposes, research conducted by the University of Michigan shows that special purpose wearables can eliminate the emergence of vulnerabilities in voice authentication. The VAuth technology of the researchers allows to combine the voice with vibrations in the body to create a unique signature that verifies the identity of the individual.

The voice ID will allow the interaction of natural voice with a virtual assistant, allowing to speak easily to replace the use of keys, cards, signatures and other forms of identification and access.

Thus, the conclusion is that intelligent speakers associated with the increasing use of voice over text, improve the quality of virtual assistants, the growth of wearables with Artificial Intelligence,and the demonstrated ability of the voice to provide an identification more secure in devices. In short, virtual assistants with wearables will converge in the future so that virtual assistants will become the killer application for wearables and vice versa.

When the user is away from home, you can choose between many headphones with Artificial Intelligence processor , smart glasses and other portable devices , all based on a common virtual assistant. They will thus become an authentic platform of use. It seems that the predictions of the movie Star Trek will be fulfilled in which we will talk with our computers, everywhere and everywhere.