The latest solutions for the smart home presented in the last CES was based on voice control.

In the CES held in Las Vegas has once again shown that smart homes can’t do without the voice control. In terms of speakers connected to a network, Amazon, and Google continues to lead, but also we can find other options with a great potential. The benefits of voice control in vehicles and portable devices increasingly become more manifest.

many users already do not want to forego the advantages of having a personal assistant in the privacy of your home. According to the chinese company Byton, this comfort will extend to vehicles. At CES Las Vegas, Byton presented a off-road electric, in addition to facial recognition, gestures and touch, it also includes the voice control system Alexa. Thanks to your registration data, such as blood pressure or weight, this car is so futuristic would be able to even analyze the state of health of the driver. Of course, the car also serves to drive. In theory, the standard model could travel up to 400 kilometres without need of stopping to load. For the equivalent of about 37 500 euros, jams, 2019, may be much more entertaining with the screen 125×25 centimeters with which it comes equipped.

however, you do not need to buy a car for the attendees to voice you make life a little easier and more convenient. With Alexa, Amazon, in addition to the speakers we can control lights, the television, the fridge or oven home. The benefits of voice control in the smart home are more obvious, and consumers are happy to accept the novelties, as seen in the boom of the speakers connected to the grid. For 2018, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) expect that only in the us market is to acquire more than 43 million speakers of home automation, which would nearly double billing: nearly four thousand millions of dollars in a single year.

Google tries to narrow the gap with Amazon

The world market leader is Amazon; two-thirds of all speakers, intelligent that are sold today are of the Echo series, and its biggest competitor is Google, with speakers Home. Although possibly the solution of Google is more developed, it is true that Amazon has better hardware in general and has been the pioneering company, something that gives you a considerable advantage. This pre-eminence is that Google now aims to reduce little by little. After Amazon opened the way to the end of the year with the presentation of Echo Show, a speaker that connects to a network and has a built-in display, Google now presented in the ETUC together with its partners, Lenovo’s Smart Display and JBL Link View. Both devices allow you to view photos from the cloud or use Google Maps. In addition, with the Google Duo can also play videos.Since the two can play YouTube videos, they are not only perfect for visual entertainment, but also as assistants in the kitchen if we want to try a new recipe and have the video instructions. The fact that Amazon’s competing product cannot access YouTube since December because Google has blocked it demonstrates how competitive the market is.

The ULE standard allows home automation solutions from different suppliers and can save lives

You don’t have to be an expert to realize that the future of smart homes is in voice control. What remains to be seen is what solution and which manufacturer will prevail in battle. For example, the relatively new Ultra-Low-Energy (ULE) standard is perfect for the smart home due to its sophisticated two-way voice control system. This standard with verified security is based on DECT technology, an old known wireless telephony. The ULE Alliance, which among other things is responsible for the certification of ULE products, showed at CES what a modern home automation house looks like that can be controlled by voice. One of the great advantages of the ULE standard is that it guarantees that each device and component, regardless of the manufacturer, can be combined with others that are also certified. However, sometimes even products that have not been officially certified can be connected to each other, as is the case, for example, with current FRITZ! Box routers and Deutsche Telekom ULE products, such as motion sensors, door contacts and windows or wall switches.

The chip manufacturer DSP Group, a member of the ULE Alliance, announced at the CES a new list of associations, such as the kitchen manufacturer Howden or Aprotech. Aprotech has used the ULE standard on its latest portable emergency device, through which emergency calls can be made with voice transmission in both directions. Depending on the system in which they are applied, solutions based on voice control not only contribute to our comfort, but can even save our lives.