4 voice recognition technologies you probably haven't heard about

Technology—much like humanity—is constantly evolving. And voice recognition technologies are no exception. Amazon Echo’s Alexa can lock your door or tell you bad jokes. Need a love quote? Google Home has you covered. And Siri? Well, she can beatbox.

But there’s more voice technology options than these—curious? Meet them today.

1. Homey, a voice-activated smart hub

What kind of person are you? Do you fear Skynet? Or do you trust AI? It doesn’t matter they’re both the future and Homey just takes commands. This little colorful sphere is reminiscent of Eve from Wall-E.

It’s compatible with some of the most popular smart home brands including Sonos, Smart TVs, and Philips Hue. With the mobile app, Homey allows you to keep your home inside your pocket.

2. Vochlea, turn your humming into melodies

Can you write music? If not, I bet you can at least hum. Vochlea converts your song ideas into music using an AI-powered microphone. It interprets the meaning behind the sounds you make and creates corresponding music, in real time. Now you can turn your beatboxing into intense drum beats. 

3. Moto Hint, control your phone with your voice

Smart earpieces aren’t just a thing of science fiction anymore. Moto Hint is a Bluetooth earpiece that lets you control your phone with your voice. It could be in your pocket, your bag, or at the other end of the table. Ask it how far to your next destination, request your favorite song, have it read your texts, or even a bedtime story. 

4. Vocca, turn old lightbulbs into smart ones

Remember The Clapper? Clap once, lights on. Clap again, lights off. Clapping tech got old and people got lazier. Now you can just tell your lights to turn off or on. Voice recognition at its best, no? No more wall caressing in the dark trying to find the light switch. Too busy to tell your lights to turn off? Put ’em on a schedule. Vocca also comes with an app that helps you manage your energy consumption.

Want to continue this conversation? Check out The rise of the conversational interface.