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CAPE TOWN - Currently, voice or also known as Artifical Intelligent (AI) assistants are getting more popular. 

The first voice recognition device was created by IBM, a computer manufacturing company.The device was known as the The IBM shoebox.

The IBM shoebox was a 1961 IBM computer that was able to perform mathematical functions and perform speech recognition. 

It recognised 16 spoken words and the digits 0 through 9.

The hype around Voice Assistance started when Apple introduced Siri around 2011. 

Since then the industry of Voice has changed and there are more options available.

Here is a list of diffefrent voice assistants that you can use: 


Siri is Apple's virtual personal assistant, available on iOS devices, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV. 

When activated, Siri can respond to  requests to help Apple product owners find information, complete simple tasks, and get recommendations.

On the iPhone and Apple Watch, Siri can be used for a long list of tasks, such as:

 making phone calls, sending messages, identifying songs, downloading apps, changing device settings, searching the web and more.



Bixby is a virtual assistant developed by Samsung Electronics.

According to Samsung, Bixby lives inside your Camera, gallery and internet to help you find and better understand what you’re looking at. 

Just tap the Vision icon or The bixby button on your device or just say Hi Bixby to summon the assitant. You don't always have to talk to bixy, you can also type what you need and it will assist. 

 Bixby can help with the following:

translation, QR code detection, landmark recognition or shopping and more . Bixby knows your phone’s apps and how to use them

Available only on Samsung devices.

3. Google Assistant 

Google Assistant is Google's very own voice-controlled smart assistant.  It's considered an upgrade or an extension of Google Now 

Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May 2016, launched it on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones.

 Now, more than year later, Google has introduced new hardware, all of which has Assistant built-in. There are new Pixel phones, Home speakers and in-ear headphones.


 (Alice) is a pretty standard virtual assistant that does all the basic standard featuers. 

It includes the ability to ask for simple things such as starting various apps, the weather, time, calendar, reminders, and even simple math problems. 

Available on all android devices. 


5. Hound


Hound which was created by SoundHound 

 The basics are all covered here and includes some advanced stuff like a mortgage calculator, integrated Expedia support for hotel booking, and the SoundHound Now which opens a sing/hum music search. 

In Addition, you can play interactive games such as Hangman.However, It is currenlty only for United States residents. 

Available on android and IOS. 


 Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service available on devices from Amazon and third-party device manufacturers.

 With Alexa, built-in smarts to do a number of tasks, like playing back music and making lights blink. It can also recognise its name when you say the word "Alexa". 

According to Amazon, Alexa helps their customers interact easier with technology they use every day. 

"Our collection of tools, APIs, reference solutions, and documentation make it easy for anyone to build with Alexa", says Amazon. 

Available on android and IOS.