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Broadcaster Voice Assistants

The BBC Voice Assistant is Set to Launch in 2020

— August 28, 2019 — Tech
The BBC voice assistant -- tentatively titled 'Beeb' -- is set to launch in 2020 as a new service from the broadcaster that will enable users to take more intuitive control over the devices around them.

The voice assistant will be made with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in mind and is intended to be integrated into devices like smart TVs, speakers and beyond. The solution is set to take on other popular voice assistant technologies like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, amongst many others.

The BBC voice assistant is presently under development with staff being invited to record their voice in order to help train the system to understand different accents. The service is one of a growing number of voice assistant services popping up around the world to streamline the digital user experience.
Trend Themes
1. Voice Assistant Integration - The trend of integrating voice assistants into various devices like smart TVs and speakers presents disruptive innovation opportunities for OEMs and device manufacturers.
2. Localized Voice Recognition - The trend of training voice assistant systems to understand different accents opens up disruptive innovation opportunities for speech recognition technology and language processing algorithms.
3. Streamlined User Experience - The trend of voice assistant services emerging worldwide highlights disruptive innovation opportunities for companies looking to simplify and enhance the digital user experience.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - The consumer electronics industry can leverage the integration of voice assistants to create more intuitive and user-friendly devices for customers.
2. Speech Technology - The speech technology industry can capitalize on the trend of localized voice recognition by developing advanced algorithms that can accurately understand and process a wide range of accents.
3. Digital Services - The digital services industry can explore the trend of streamlined user experience through voice assistant services, offering customers a more convenient and efficient digital journey.
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