New Research Finds: 40% of U.S. Smartphone Users Use Speech Recognition Software

New Research Finds: 40% of U.S. Smartphone Users Use Speech Recognition Software

Every day we start seeing more technologies powered by speech recognition software. We could oversee such innovation in the cars, smartphones, smartwatches, smart houses and other assistive technologies that are designed to ease our lives.

According to the new research study conducted by Parks Associates, 39% of smartphone owners use some speech recognition software such as Google Now or Siri. Also, 360 View: Mobility and the App Economy report states that more than one-half of iPhone owners use voice recognition feature while less than one-third of Android owners use such feature.

“Smartphone penetration has reached 86% of U.S. broadband households, so it is a mature market, with users, particularly younger consumers and iOS users, exploring more intelligent features and interfaces, including voice control,” said Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. “The growing consumer interest in voice control features is driving this technology into new IoT areas. At CES 2016, Vivint demonstrated voice control for home security via Amazon Echo, and Volvo showed voice control for connected cars via Cortana on Microsoft’s Health Band.”

Another key insight from the research is a significant increase by 12 per cent in the use of the voice recognition software among iPhone users from 40 per cent to 52 per cent between 2013 and 2015.

Additional report data shows:

  • More than 70% of smartphone users watch short streaming video clips, and more than 40% watch long streaming videos.
  • 36% of smartphone users use Wi-Fi calling.
  • 26% of smartphone users use a payment app for purchases at a retail location.
  • 24% of smartphone users stream video from the phone to a second screen (e.g., TV, PC).

If you’d like to find more information about 360 View: Mobility and the App Economy report, you can check it online at www.parksassociates.com. If you have any additional questions about data, or you’d like to schedule an interview with an analyst, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com.

The Secret To Good Time Management

The Secret To Good Time Management

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness, how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss.

The passage of time goes unnoticed most of the, well, time. Yet once we realize its transient nature, there is no hiding from this bitter realization – time flies by and does it too quickly for comfort. Because for us, humans, time is the only absolutely unredeemable asset. Yet it keeps pouring through our hands like water leaving us with the thought of how much time was lost – on what, exactly?!

The modern life presents us with hundreds if not thousands of opportunities to lose time. Each task or a thought bites its little chunk off our time. So if you want to do more in less time – effective time management will be the key.

Modern technologies did wonders to help us with that, tracking amount of time we spend on each particular task, making our hectic and busy living more organized, orderly and thus simpler and easier for us.

However, even though the purpose of all these numerous applications and gadgets is to save us time, they make us spending more – just accessing and using them. Just try to note how long it takes to use an app or a gadget. With a phone app it goes like this: reach for the phone, unlock, start the app, do your thing by typing a command or a note, close the app, switch off the phone and put it back where it was. Sounds pretty fast and nothing to worry about, doesn’t it? Now multiply it by the number of times you repeat the procedure during the day, it starts to look rather worrisome.

Yet once you do it with MYLE, using our most natural way of data input – our voice – the whole routine is cut to 5 seconds. Tap, say the note and get back to what you were doing, allowing MYLE to complete all tasks in the background – automatically. Additional boon is that all can be done with a minimal distraction from your main activity, be it work or play.

“Time,’ spent two hours on emails, 30 minutes talking with the boss, 10 minutes on coffee break”.

“Schedule, meeting with Jim, this Friday 10 am, remind 10 minutes prior”.

“Shop list. Buy milk today on way home”.

MYLE will automatically save your note as an audio file, convert it into text file and push it to an appropriate app based on the key words that you teach MYLE to know. The built-in activity-tracking feature will analyze your active time and how you spend it using its powerful algorithms to make the personalized suggestions based on your past records.

It will learn your behavior and adjust the predictive analytics to tell you what you could do to maximize your productivity and efficiency. And it will not bite any time off your busy day to achieve all that.

Intelligent Virtual Assistant Market Is Expected to Reach $3.07B by 2020.

Intelligent Virtual Assistant Market Is Expected to Reach $3.07B by 2020.

The global market of assistive technologies is expected the growth of USD 3.07 billion by 2020, according to a new study by San Francisco-based market research and consulting company Grand View Research, Inc.

In 2014, this perspective market was valued at USD 572.2 million. Currently, many large enterprises and SMEs are looking for solutions to reduce its overall expenses, increase productivity, improve customer-related services and process the enormous amount of data – that’s expected to rise over the next four years.

According to this research, VAs can be used across many industries, such as insurance, healthcare, finance, travel & hospitality, retail and utility sectors and safety regulations.

Noteworthy, the commercial sector is highly interested in VAs due to their desire to increase productivity of their employees and to eliminate the human workforce.

VAs are estimated to replace a significant percentage of workers in business operations.

Advancements in speech recognition and powerful analytics that are integrated into the VAs will make this technology more desirable for the commercial sector.

Think of the powerful device that’s able to collect automatically, process, describe and later use data to predict the working efficiency, financial stability and even possible recommendations for a business or an individual worker.

Personalized analytics and applications created for the specific needs of each business will add more accurate analytics allowing the VAs minimize the time required to perform a particular task, and maximize the company’s growth.

If you’ve become interested in this technology and its limitless potential, then follow these pioneers: MYLE Electronics Inc., Creative Virtual Ltd., Next IT Corporation, Artificial Solutions, eGain Communications, and Nuance Communications, IntelliResponse, Google and Apple.

MYLE is a touch-activated wearable personal assistant that helps you do more in less time without even having to touch your smartphone. Just tap MYLE and say your thought, idea or instruction – MYLE will instantly memorize everything you said and automatically take care of the rest.

Meet MYLE, Your Intelligent Personal Assistant

Meet MYLE, Your Intelligent Personal Assistant

How many times a year do you think about increasing profitability of your business? Perhaps you thought countless times, that you’d do much better if you had someone to help you — someone like a personal assistant.

It’s obvious that personal assistant is an essential support for every business leader due to his/her busy schedule.

However, you need a personal assistant, who’s going to be affordable and fast, spend your time and money solely on job-related duties, being highly productive and multitasking with an excellent memory, while not standing in the hall discussing the gossip related to the personal lives of your employees.

That is why a team of computer science engineers leading by Pavel Bondarev, CEO & Founder, have developed — MYLE, an assistive technology or wearable personal assistant that aims to become your second half in business.

MYLE team has set a priority goal to make your expenses on MYLE device lower than you spend on staff coffee.

Since 2013, MYLE team has been developing wearable device powered with the new machine learning algorithm that would understand, categorize, execute and take over your daily routines via only voice communication.

However, why should you choose MYLE device over human assistants? Unlike humans, whose working productivity is highly affected by their personal lives or the level of stress at the job, which according to recent research affecting more than 80% of workers, when nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress, and 42 per cent say their coworkers need such help.

As a manager or the business owner, you and your company are highly relying on the job of your personal assistant, because this person is managing your schedule, remembering your million dollar thoughts and even sending the emails on your behalf to your valuable contacts.

Meanwhile, the job quality of your personal assistant is highly dependent on the level of stress in its life.

Stress, anxiety or depression can cause forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty concentrating and other problems that disrupt daily activities and this is all affecting your personal assistant, so your business as well.

MYLE, for example, remembers exactly when you last talked or where you last had a meeting, and even how much you spent during that meeting. So later using its machine learning algorithm, it can learn and analyze your spendings making your next meetings more productive and less expensive while keeping in mind your favourite places for meetings.

Taking into consideration only this “meeting” feature is already going to economize your company’s expenses by as high as $300 per meeting.

According to research, the average cost per meeting is $338 in the U.S. It doesn’t include high-paid CEOs and other business leaders when those meetings can cost upwards of $20,000 per event.

So, coming back to the question at the beginning of this post, Would you be more successful and productive if you had a personal assistant?

CES 2016: A Guide of Must-Follow Tech Trends.

CES 2016: A Guide of Must-Follow Tech Trends.

The largest tech trade show is about to start; so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of products presented this year at CES, then we recommend you to read this quick guide on the hottest trends to watch at CES 2016.

MYLE will be one of the exhibitors along with another 3,600 companies presenting its products.

Driverless Cars (DC) and Electric Vehicles (EV).

One of the most anticipated trends at CES 2016 will be the DC and EV.

Last year has shown us just how close this dream (driverless cars) became. Tesla’s autopilot feature with many other breakthroughs in this field with no doubt has been improved since last year. Thus, we’re all should be excited about the upcoming presentations from the top companies.

EV alongside with the driverless cars are expected to make some noise too.

The biggest challenges for the EV are the components using in batteries production, time required to recharge EV, and distance which a car can cover on a single charge.

All these factors are essential contributors to global warming, thus, the majority of companies should present interesting solutions on how to solve these issues. Watch for Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Hyundai, Mercedes and Toyota.

Also, don’t’ forget to check Ford, as they might be ready to unveil its Google-powered self-driving car.

Drones.

Certainly everyone is familiar with drones and their purpose today. Whether it’s consumer, commercial or military use, the drones became part of our society.

We’re pretty sure that military drones will not be presented at CES 2016. However, there will be around 27 different drone exhibitors.

The biggest problem for the ‘15 generation of drones was their poor flying time.

Their cameras were powered with the 4K cameras, however, it wasn’t enough to attract more buyers as the top drones could only fly for 15 minutes, when the rest of them stayed in the air for less than 10 minutes.

Moreover, last year we’ve seen drones with advanced sensors for tracking users’ motions. And CES 2016 will bring some exciting features for better motion tracking as well as enhanced flying controllers based on the improved computing and AI.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

Many of the tech experts call 2016 as “The Year of VR.” We do not dispute this statement this statement, because according to recent research, the sales of VR headsets will reach 14 million units in 2016 with most used for gaming.

However, CES 2016 will be a good place to see how AR has advanced since the unveiling of Google Glass, Microsoft Hololens, Qualcomm, Sony or Infinity AR.

To be more precise: clarity of display graphics, latency when moving, 3D mapping technology, processors and their power.

Also, we may see the solutions on how to display information on translucent glass, so that the user can see digital imaging in addition to seeing the surrounding environment.

If you can’t distinguish AR and VR, then usually AR refers to a technology that’s making it possible to interact with virtual contents in the real world, and being able to distinguish between the two.

When VR is all about the creation of a virtual world. The users interact with the world that was specifically designed for a game or a movie. Usually, users have to wear the VR headsets and other motion sensors to interact with the virtual world

Wearable Assistive Technologies

Wearable technologies were the hottest tech trend in 2015.

We’ve seen the release of the Apple Watch and Pebble, updated Android Wear OS, dozens of unique fitness trackers and interesting healthcare products.

MYLE is a personal assistant, which release is scheduled for 2016, will be one of those tech devices that are designed to increase overall work productivity, save time, make working more efficient by saving company’s labour recourses required to perform certain tasks.

MYLE Electronics Corp. will be at booth #80423 at Eureka Park, Wearables.

Don’t forget to come over and check the world’s most reliable personal assistant.

So CES 2016 is going to bring us many new startups with unique products for fitness, health, personal lives, work and music.
Wearable tech that’s presented at CES, usually become the trend for the rest of the year.

Smart Homes.

Smart home technologies are what you have to see at CES 2016, because everyone has a dream of living in the house powered by the artificial intelligence.

The house that automatically tunes to your preferences knowing when you want the light bulbs to turn on, your preferred room temperature or even your favourite time to drink coffee so it automatically makes coffee for you.

However, last year wasn’t great for the smart home devices, as most of them came with their own apps and required the other smart home products using weird APIs or IFTTT recipes.

Also, for most smart home platforms, such as Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat, Apple HomeKit, Wink and others, it’s still hard to find products that would work together.

However, the major home appliances makers like LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and even the glass manufacturer Corning are all going to showcase their products for smart homes.

We just have to wait a couple of days from today to hear more updates.

Internet of Things (IoT).

While we see that all tech companies aim to create and develop devices that would communicate with each other on the Internet; it’s still unclear what these companies are doing to patch a security hole in the system.

IoT at CES 2016 will be mostly about its vulnerability to malicious attacks.

Throughout 2015, we’ve seen a lot of stories that clearly showed us how everything from cars to baby monitors and drones could be hacked – in many cases remotely.

These important issues will be discussed this year at CES, and we should only wait for major updates.

Scientists Claim: Constantly Checking Your Phone Is Ruining Your Cervical Spine.

Scientists Claim: Constantly Checking Your Phone Is Ruining Your Cervical Spine.

What a tedious process of constantly reaching for the cell phone to check notifications, write the notes or send a message to a friend. You walk on the street, you pull out of your pocket a cell phone and – hunching over it to check something that you’ve thought would be relevant.

It turns out that the cell phones have a negative impact on our cervical spine. Are you wondering why they’re affecting cervical spine rather than our eyes?

According to the new research study conducted by Kenneth Hansraj, a chief spinal and orthopaedic surgeon at the New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine in the US, constantly bending head down to check the mobile device significantly harming the cervical spine.

Hansraj calculated how varying degrees of curvature adversely affected a person’s spine.

For instance, at zero degrees of tilt, the resting pressure is equal to the weight of the person’s head – five kg, or 10 pounds. However, for each 15 degrees of tilt, the pressure and the weight increase. You can see these changes on the image below. So at the maximum tilt, which is 60 degrees, a person feels around 27 kg or 60 pounds of force on the cervical spine.

This research is essential because people spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted over interacting with their smartphones and other mobile devices. Cumulatively this is 700 to 1400 hours a year of excess stress to the cervical spine.

These numbers can even be higher for the modern teens as they spend an extra 5,000 hours in poor posture.

This research shows that people should start spending less time hunching over their devices for tasks that could be done in different ways.

However, how can we stay as productive as we are now?

MYLE is an assistive technology that does your routine job for you. Whether you’re writing a message, a note, making a calendar meeting, or filling fitness or working logs.

This miniature device has a sleek design and powered with the latest breakthroughs in the speech recognition technologies. It lets you control your apps via only voice keeping your posture at zero degrees of tilt.

For instance, you can tap and say, “Email to Edward – ‘thank you for your respond, let’s meet afternoon tomorrow at the local coffee shop, – Jess.'”

Your message will be automatically converted to text and instantly sent to Edward letting him know that you received his message, and you’re going to wait for him at your local cozy coffee shop.

Thus, MYLE aims to do what Hansraj explains in his research,

“While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that cause these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over.”

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