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Voice Assistants
on the Edge

The emergence of conversational voice assistants with limited or no cloud connectivity is opening a world of possibilities for device manufacturers and brands who want to give their customers the safety, convenience, and efficiency of voice interfaces.
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39B
worldwide internet of things market revenue is predicted by 2025
Source: Statista
462B
global smart factory market expected by 2026
33%
of in-car voice usage is through embedded voice assistants—more than any external voice interface
Source: Voicebot.ai

Beyond the Cloud: Voice Assistants on the Edge

Explore the possibilities of voice-enabled operability now available to brands across industries for whom a cloud-only solution was either too expensive, too cumbersome, or simply didn't meet their needs or the needs of their users.
Beyond speech recognition
Beyond speech recognition
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Local Voice Control

Future of Voice AI
Future of Voice AI
Fully-embedded voice assistants are giving small device manufacturers—and those looking for a smaller processing footprint—an easy way to expand the functionality of their products and simplify operations. Hands-free operability provides a safer, more efficient, and convenient product interface in the home, public spaces, and manufacturing environments.
Future of Voice AI
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Limited Connectivity on the Edge

Intuitive Voice Commerce
Intuitive Voice Commerce
Push product updates or deliver only enough information from the cloud to enhance customer experiences without impacting user privacy. Embedded voice interfaces with limited cloud connectivity respond with a high degree of speed and accuracy without requiring a great deal of processing power.
Intuitive Voice Commerce
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A Hybrid Approach

Future of Voice AI
Future of Voice AI
Deliver a conversational voice assistant that includes full Natural Language Understanding (NLU) capabilities and is always on—regardless of internet availability. Parallel arbitration logic ensures the fastest and most accurate response possible and eliminates the need to wait for a response from the embedded system before searching the cloud.
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Voice Assistants in the Cloud

Intuitive Voice Commerce
Intuitive Voice Commerce
When access to up-to-date content and information is key to your branded voice experience, a cloud-only solution with an existing library of hundreds of domains is right for you. Retain control over user data and deliver the most relevant responses to queries, or provide real help with things like parking, cooking, travel planning, and much more.
Intuitive Voice Commerce
For many manufacturers, integrating an embedded voice assistant is a relatively easy way to unlock functionality and deliver hands-free access to users.
Victor Leitman

Director of Embedded Engineering

SoundHound Inc.

AI solution for any business
Domain Specific AssistantsDomain Specific Assistants

Domain Specific Assistants

On the edge of connectivity, voice assistants are built with a singular purpose in mind. A smart oven doesn't need to know the time of day, but it might need to know the correct temperature for roasting a sixteen pound turkey. A limited data set ensures secure, accurate user experiences.
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When Privacy is a Factor

Embedded voice interfaces provide the greatest level of security and privacy. Home security systems, hospital equipment, hotel rooms, cruise ships, or in any case where users don't want activity stored and data shared, voice-enabled functionality delivers more convenient, easier, and efficient user experiences—without sacrificing privacy.
92%
of global consumers want control of which personal information is automatically collected
Source: EIU
33%
of U.S. adults in 2020 cited concerns about recording their speech as a top reason for not purchasing smart speakers
Source: Voicebot.ai
41%
of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy
Source: Microsoft
Embedded voice interfaces are allowing manufacturers to reimagine voice solutions with no risk to user privacy or sending recordings to the cloud.
Majid Emami

Co-founder and VP Engineering

SoundHound Inc.

AI solution for any business

The Benefits of Limited or No Cloud

Many factors go into choosing voice assistant connectivity. At the top of the list are the needs of your end users. User desires are often weighed against the time and resource costs, the ease and the speed of implementation, and the capacity of the product to bear the improvements.

Lower costs

One of the greatest benefits of embedded or edge connectivity solutions lie in their lower cost. While the cost per unit for embedding the speech hardware is only slightly lower, the real cost savings lies in the elimination of recurring cloud computing fees—a common barrier to entry for many manufacturers.

Ease of installation

While no voice interface is as easy as "plug and play", an embedded voice assistant requires little voice development expertise. Create your own commands in an easy-to-use developer environment that allows you to implement your own updates on your own timeline.

Less computing power

Many devices either don't need to deliver the breadth and depth of information contained in the cloud, or don't have the processing power required for a cloud connection. Depending on the amount of memory and processing power, manufacturers can choose from a range of connectivity options.

Always-on connectivity

With or without some cloud connectivity, embedded, edge, and hybrid voice solutions are always on and ready to respond to wake words, detect sounds like breaking glass, or awaken to sudden movements like falling down without exposing users to unwanted data collection when a device awakens unintentionally.

Same great experience

No matter which voice interface connectivity you choose: cloud-only, embedded, on the edge, or a hybrid combination, your users will appreciate the convenience, safety, and ease of a voice experience. For developers, the same platform can be used to implement any level of connectivity, making upgrades easier.

Greater safety and hygiene

Meet the growing demand for touchless interfaces with embedded voice controls. Vending machines, elevator buttons, and controls of all types are made more hygienic through hands-free operations. In the manufacturing or healthcare sector, both hygiene and safety can be accomplished with embedded voice user interfaces.

Voice-Enabled Reality

The potential for voice AI without full cloud connectivity is only starting to be realized. Voice assistants on the edge will be the solution that helps brands connect to customers and delivers on the promise of voice-enabling the world around us. The possibilities are endless.

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