In recent years, voice-activated tech has adopted in mass in the world of consumers. People often dictate notes, reminders and appointments in their smartphones, ask a GPS for directions, or manipulate the atmosphere in their homes with systems like Amazon’s Alexa or other smart assistants.
Voice activation is likely to integrate into the workplace. Let’s take a look at some possible features of smart offices as per the Forbes Tech Council as this tech becomes ubiquitous.
1. The Coming of The Smart Office
Resource and functionality needs will be more complex and urgent in commercial spaces than home spaces. These will also be used to optimize and personalize heat and lighting needs.
2. More Useful Reporting
Alexa for Business is seeing use for setting up conference calls, but in the future it could come to a point where it integrates voice control or workflow into the calendar or task list in order to get real-time metrics from which business decision may be informed.
3. Superior Data Analysis
Voice-activated tech, using advanced AI like natural language processing (NLP), could ultimately leverage the wealth of data legacy systems house through integration. With this base foundation, these solutions could analyze records instantaneously, generate reports, and browse intranets all while performing basic recording and automation duties.
4. Office Management With Full Automation
Workers will be able to interact with many facets of the workplace. Easy commands could assist with locating people, moving equipment, vehicles, and so on. The AI could potentially offer performance improving recommendations, or send reminders about uncompleted tasks or restocking systems as well.
5. Integration with Slack
Voice-activated tech could make it easier for people working from home to operate. For example, with an integration with the messaging tool Slack, people could ask an AI bot to read the message thread out loud rather than stopping to scroll through it.
6. Greater Collaboration and Creativity
Collaboration and teamwork could be enhanced by streamlining the process of note keeping. Much of brainstorming happens out loud and off the cuff, and AI smart units could keep reminders of what ideas were said, as well as schedule notifications for a follow-up date.
7. Supporting People with Physical Disabilities
Hands-free functionality through voice-activated operations make it easier for people with physical disabilities to perform certain duties. There is less need to access control panels or physical tools when all commands are voice activated.
8. Meetings With Tighter Focus
AI can take over the note taking process, or even offer an easy solution for a full recording, letting everyone there focus on the meeting and its subject matter.
9. Greater Efficiency In Manufacturing Processes
AI bots are more space efficient than most keyboards and screens. Logistics in the manufacturing process could improve as mic and headphone equipped helmets deliver information to warehouse workers rather than someone having to stop to check a spreadsheet.