3 SMART SPEAKERS FOR CHURCH PRODUCTIVITY

ChurchTechToday | 2/20/2019 | Lauren Hunter
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With the emergence of smart speakers like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, how can these AI platforms assist pastors and church tech staff with productivity?

Smart assistants, devices, and speakers do have features that could help with church administrative planning and personal organization tasks like calendaring, as well as providing conferencing features for small meetings. Offices are getting connected using smart assistants and smart speakers, just as the number of connected smart homes continue to rise.

Key - Assistants - Algorithm - Commands - Theory

One key to understanding each of the leading smart assistants is to first know that they all operate on a basic algorithm that responds to voice commands. In theory, the more the smart assistant is used the better it gets at answering questions accurately. This could be helpful with regular tasks around the church office.

Here is a quick look at Amazon, Apple, and Google’s smart assistant and smart speaker features:

Amazon - Echo - Smart - Speaker - Devices

Amazon’s Echo smart speaker devices, featuring smart assistant Alexa, have dominated the market since 2015 and owned over 70% of the marketplace in 2017. Amazon is now moving from the personal and home use into the business sector. With smart assistant conferencing tools and integrated features, Alexa and Echo can now to connect and manage other office devices and apps for increased integration. Alexa’s superiority comes from its purchasing and ordering capabilities, as well as linking to other devices and apps.

Pastor Steen Furtick shared a passionate video about Alexa and “What An Amazon Echo Taught Me About God.”

Apple - Siri - Smart - Assistant - IPhone

Apple introduced Siri in 2011, becoming the first widely used smart assistant for iPhone users. Today, Siri is still the go-to iPhone assistant due to the number of languages she speaks and her coordination capabilities.

In January, Siri was added to the new Apple Homepod smart speaker device. Homepod boasts a more sophisticated range of speakers that include subwoofers, which are...
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