This is no surprise to see in this year at Google I/O conference in the Google Campus pushing into new products and services in voice recognition and more adaptive text apps to try to compete against Amazon and facebook s rise in user-friendly search-and-assistant services.
What was surprising was Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai admitting on stage that Amazon Echo, the tabletop and mobile speaker device with Alexa, a voice recognition assistant has stolen a march on google and the rest of the industry in offering voice-controlled services for the connected home to connected retail and a huge range of other possible services.
We are moving from keyboard to control by voice and virtual reality touch
What is driving this is that we have passed a tipping point a few years back with the convergence of faster cheap computing power and faster broadband and local wifi network speeds to enable better near instant search and complex response.
Why this is fundamentally important is that it means we will increasingly not touch a keyboard or smartphone or tablet screen but use our voice to do the same thing but more importantly, it will also talk back and recommend and assist with personalized services or connected room or car situational advice.
Thirdly, it also means that the earlier attempts of virtual reality with Google Glass and Microsoft Kinect have shifted from fad and game inside a closed virtual environments to a bigger open assisted augmented reality of connected things.
In effect we are moving from early closed virtual reality Closed-VR to open augmented reality Open-AR which mixes and blends your devices and experience with voice, sounds, sights and machine artificial intelligence to make it more immersive.