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These 10 'voice-first' startups are building apps for smart speakers, cars and watches that will completely change how we use computers

These 10 'voice-first' startups are building apps for smart speakers, cars and watches that will completely change how we use computers
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The power of voice computing has spawned a generation of startups designing their products for audio devices instead of mobile devices.




They are creating hands-free, voice-controlled apps for the car, the phone, and smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home.




Read more about the tech industry's shift to the voice platform in BI Prime's special report.



The ascent of mobile devices and cloud computing spurred a new generation of startups that were mobile-first, or mobile-only, designing their products for smartphone users instead of desktop users. The same is happening for voice.
As more people equip their homes with smart speakers, displays, vacuums, and thermostats, a new crop of startups are racing to create apps for these voice-controlled devices. Others are testing the boundaries of voice computing with applications in cognitive neuroscience and early childhood development.
Startups are taking voice computing outside the home, with hands-free apps for the phone and voice-controlled games for the car. Paul Bernard, director of Amazon's corporate venture fund, Alexa Fund, said the rise of use cases that go beyond asking for the weather forecast or setting an alarm will help voice technology become mainstream.
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