HOT TECH 3:  Voice and eye control 

Riding the Christmas hype train, voice control came to the fore, both in our smartphones and via our friends and family networks. Mass adoption is well underway, whether for making queries such as finding an address, or for checking information, submitting orders and making phone calls. According to the US analyst Gartner, 30% of all web searches will be performed using voice control by 2020.

The same trend applies to business, for example to produce transcripts of interviews, patient visits or meetings. The ability to do this on the move, without spelling mistakes, is a source of significant productivity gains and added value. Such activities have now become routine and intuitive. What may at first seem like a bit of fun quickly proves to be more than just a gadget. The latest report published by the online platform @wearesocial and the publisher Hootsuite claims that four out of ten Internet users now use voice for their searches. Technologies that deliver a genuine benefit in terms of user convenience or time savings tend to be widely and readily adopted. Voice control fits this pattern, enabling people to create content three times faster. Simple, user-friendly interfaces have also boosted buy-in.

Building bridges in society

This innovation has huge potential to help people with disabilities communicate with their friends and family, or live more independently thanks to solutions such as this exoskeleton. This breakthrough makes perfect sense, and eye control has also gained popularity with a similar approach, facilitating social inclusion. Eye tracking is a technique that detects what you are looking at when and how. It can be used to control a computer.

Returning to voice control, this technology can be combined with translation software to produce certain reports in multiple languages using artificial intelligence.

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