Voice search along with organic haptic feedback is part of the future of television, forecasts Ferdinand Maier, CEO, ruwido Austria

In the early days when using voice, results weren’t always as expected. Early systems had trouble understanding different accents and reports of general misunderstandings were high. But in the two decades since it was first introduced, voice search has come a long way.

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Ferdinand Maier, CEO, ruwido Austria

For example, the launch of voice integrated remote controls has infinitely enhanced the television experience.

Voice search addresses some of the issues we face when watching TV – like when we want to look up a word and don’t know how to spell it.

Indeed, this technology provided by leading experts in the domain, even has the potential to remove some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities, such as the visually-impaired.

Voice technology also enables us to have a dialogue with our TV in a more direct and immediate way.

As with all the best technology, voice search has now advanced to the extent that it gets more accurate with increased usage. This is an impressive technology and, with growing R&D investment.

We see voice search as a major opportunity in the future of television.

It offers an additional way to search for specific content and supplements high quality button-based input along with organic haptic feedback mechanisms that are predestined for navigation.

Voice will not replace these interaction mechanisms, but as the technology becomes faster and more accurate, it looks set to become a core part of the TV watching experience.

This content was first published at IBC2016

 The views expressed are those of the author.