One major company is conspicuously absent from the voice assistant game: Facebook. But thanks to some wonderful work by engineer Jane Manchun Wong, the world now has a glimpse into Facebook’s “Aloha,” a prototype interface for speech recognition functionality.
Aloha would form the basis of any future Facebook home speaker, as well as potentially power transcription technology that would help FB users communicate across various media.
Facebook’s foray into the speech recognition world may seem like just another way for a tech giant to sell you some hardware or get you to download software. But here’s why Facebook’s Aloha (which, if we had to guess, will not be called Aloha when it debuts—too similar to Alexa) is so crucial to the social network’s plans.