1 min read
Weekly Digest: Voice Tech on the Rise
Juniper Research: Voice assistants will handle $19.4 billion in transactions by 2023
A new study from Juniper Research finds that сustomers are increasingly using voice assistants for making purchases, and projects transactions to reach $19.4 billion by 2023. This year, E-commerce transactions will increase from $4.6 billion this year as voice assistant devices with screens improve the efficiency of the checkout process. Via Venture Beat.
Amazon announces its new Alexa-powered smart soap dispenser
The goal of еhe new Alexa-enabled device is to encourage people to wash their hands for 20 seconds and it comes with a series of LEDs that counts down to zero. The soap dispenser can be paired with an Echo device: users can create a routine for it and have it play a song or tell a joke to help make that 20 seconds. Via Ubergizmo.
Twitter adds co-host option to Spaces
Twitter introduces a new feature to Spaces that will allow for adding up to two co-hosts for its social audio rooms, making it easier to manage and moderate conversations. Co-hosts will need to accept an invitation, which will give them almost the same moderation and managing privileges as the main host: from speaking and inviting other members of the room to speak, to pinning tweets and booting people from the room. Via The Verge.
Google Wear OS to support Samsung Bixby
For the first time, Google’s Wear OS will support voice assistants besides Google Assistant. According to a tweet on a 9to5 Google story, Samsung Bixby will be an option on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series as part of the newly revamped Wear OS 3 and unified Google and Samsung wearables platform. Via Voicebot.ai.