Aside from virtual reality technology, most of the largest game players in the industry are still figuring out how computers would be able to understand human speech effectively and intuitively. However, it seems like SoundHound’s natural voice search Hound has managed to bring its users a quicker, more accurate search results as compared to other personal assistants like Siri and Cortana.
Hound features cards similar to how Google Now operates. Its interface is direct as well. It features a list of topics that you can search for, as well as given examples of applications Hound can execute.
Hound can perform a lot of the things that the Google Now can do. It can activate itself when you start saying the “Ok Hound” voice activation phrase. What sparks as interesting with the personal assistant is that it includes a natural speaking engine that gives way to interpreting natural English conversations without having to require users to remember commands. It can answer questions about the weather, search for restaurants and hotels, and it can navigate directions.
It also seems like Hound is a step above the current personal assistants given its ability to interact with your queries. As a matter of fact, it’s quite fast and smart that it’s capable of producing almost real time translations of phrases and sentences.
On the other hand, Siri sometimes has troubles on simple commands, while Google’s personal assitant seems to be bland when it comes to communication.
“We believe that using voice to interface with devices will become a widespread user behavior if it is fast and delightful,” said SoundHound Inc.’s Founder and CEO Keyvan Mohajer in a press release. “Hound delivers a major step-change to both speed and accuracy, while doing something fundamentally different from previous voice technologies by allowing users to speak naturally and ask follow-up questions to further refine, change or complete their results. Once users no longer feel the pain points of typing on small screens and being misunderstood by older voice services, they will fall in love with Hound.”