Voice control is set to be the next major centre of development for large digital platform providers such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. The question is, will advances in voice control have any impact on future virtual reality technologies?
While VR is currently an epicentre of development in the tech world, with both major companies and startups developing technologies, voice control is in a far worse state. Currently, voice control on smart devices and computers struggles to understand tone and anything more than basic words.
Certain devices have demonstrated voice control to some extent, with the Microsoft Xbox using an advanced camera and microphone to interpret commands.
With development set to receive a boost thanks to the attentions of the tech giants, virtual reality could soon stand to benefit.
One of the barriers virtual reality has faced thus far is complete immersion. While the headset is able to transport users to the virtual world, some active connection with the outside world is still required in the form of control. While not an issue in flight simulators or health and safety simulations, having to hold a controller or use a keyboard with a consumer headset isn’t ideal.
Voice control could provide the solution here, at least for certain applications. Games and precision applications are likely to always require use of some form of physical controller, interface navigation could be handled by accurate voice control.
Once wearing a headset, simply speaking to open applications presents a far simpler and immersive solution.
While voice control presents a valid option for a virtual reality control system, it’s certainly likely a wholly new form of interaction will be developed. For now, traditional forms of control will have to be utilised.