In The Not Too Distant Future Voice-Assistants Will Control Our Connected Household Devices, Including Energy Management
GTM Research’s report on energy management in the smart home talks about many things. But the main subject is about the home energy management opportunity that was created by Alexa.
Since its 2015 debut, Amazon’s Alexa has become the recognized brand — the household name, if you will — for the new class of voice-activated, Wi-Fi-enabled, broadband-connected personal assistant devices that are rapidly becoming the de facto platform for the next-generation smart home.
Alexa is the voice of the smart speaker and not the actual device itself. The device is called the Echo. About 16% of the US population were the owners of an assistant device in 2017, according to the surveys by NPR and Edison Research. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) says that the sale of the voice assistants, mostly in the form of speakers, tripled from 8 million in 2016 to 25 million in 2017.
Around 30% of the houses with voice assistant devices use it to connect to other smart devices. This is estimated to increase by 10% every year. 48 million households will have voice assistant devices as the brains of their smart house by 2023. They will connect smart door locks, networked light bulbs, webcams, smart thermostats etc.
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