SoundHound and VIZIO Add Voice AI to Smart TVs
SoundHound, a provider of voice artificial intelligence, has expanded its partnership with VIZIO, an American TV brand, to voice-enable a majority of VIZIO's TVs and collaborate on interactive experiences.
Following the successful rollout of a voice-enabled VIZIO remote and app last spring, which has seen daily voice queries double every quarter, the companies will continue to expand their relationship to further innovate the TV viewing experience.
SoundHound's advanced voice AI technology integration into VIZIO's voice-enabled remote and mobile apps allows viewers to speak naturally to search for TV shows and movies, change TV settings, switch picture modes, launch apps, check the weather, and more.
The conversational interface allows users to ask questions such as the following:
- "Show me trending TV shows."
- "Launch Netflix."
- "Show me animated family movies."
- "Turn down the volume."
- "Show me movies on WatchFree+."
"At VIZIO, we always strive to deliver the best-in-class television experience to our users. With SoundHound's technology integrated into VIZIO TVs, we are able to make the ease of voice interactions part of the TV experience," said David Rudnick, senior vice president of product engineering at VIZIO, in a statement. "Our goal is to always improve the user experience and help consumers find the content they are looking for with simple voice commands. Overall, remotes have never made finding content an easy task, but with voice, users can quickly find the content they want with the complex search technology happening in the background."
"VIZIO has always been at the forefront of providing cutting-edge technology and experiences to its users, so it was natural and seamless to integrate SoundHound's voice AI technology with their product," said James Hom, co-founder and vice president of products at SoundHound, in a statement. "As voice AI becomes more ubiquitous and a commonly used interface for consumers, we believe there is a big opportunity to extend voice AI into interactive and commerce opportunities."