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Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are application programs that understand natural language voice commands and completes tasks for the user. See below for the latest news, trends, and solutions about virtual assistants.

Features

Building a Voice Brand Is a Sound Policy

As more marketing moves to audio channels, companies need a unified voice.

The Top Speech Technologies and Vendors: The 2021 Speech Industry Awards

Advances in AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and more fueled speech industry progress in the past year.

2021 Speech Industry Award Winner: HandsFree Health Keeps Seniors Safe

HandsFree Health is revolutionizing the voice-enabled virtual health assistance market with a complete line of voice-enabled products to help the elderly stay safe and healthy in their homes.

2021 Speech Industry Award Winner: Microsoft Buys Big with Nuance

Nuance had long been considered an acquisition target, and Microsoft finally pulled off a deal in April worth $19.7 billion. Microsoft reportedly plans to use Nuance's technology to augment its cloud products for healthcare, which were launched last year.

Industry Voices

Debunking the Most Common Myths in Voice Technology

Demand for voice-enabled devices has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and in the rush to capitalize on it, businesses can easily fall prey to common misconceptions about voice-enabled products. This piece debunks these myths one by one. 

Does Your Intelligent Assistant Really Understand You?

Intelligent virtual assistants still need improvements, analysts conclude after five leading systems are put to the test.

Wake Words Will Soon See a Resurgence

As consumers get more accustomed to using voice interfaces, wake words will become more prominent.

Connect to Customers with the Help of Google, Amazon, and Apple

Building digital assistants to help customers is becoming an industry requirement, so companies should start soon if they don't already have one.

Columns

An Open Letter to Voice Agent Platform Developers

You're at the vanguard of a burgeoning movement.

The Ongoing Effort for Interoperable IVAs

Intelligent virtual assistants now have billions of users. When will they be platform-independent?

Speech Technology's Invaluable Assist

Our extraordinary assistive speech technologies were years in the making.

Speech and AI: From Tipping Point to Table Stakes

Gone are the days when adding virtual assistants was enough.

Speech Technology Reports and Research

Optimize your Virtual Assistant with Automated Conversational Analytics

Sponsored by Spitch

How Deep Learning Speech Recognition Fuels Business Transformation

Sponsored by Deepgram

ASR Engines and Cloud Hosted Platforms

Sponsored by Mod9 Technologies

Chatbots - Search vs. Conversation. Do you know the difference?

Sponsored by Verint

Virtual Assistants Companies and Suppliers