Tech companies regularly spin their products as innovative revolutions that disrupt existing standards and push humans further along the evolutionary tract. So when each new app comes along with promises of raising the bar, it's easy to be skeptical. Just because SoundHound recently released a competitor to Google Now, that doesn't mean it will be any good.
Well, from the looks of the latest video to appear on Hound's YouTube page, the voice assistant's natural speech recognition is actually pretty amazing. In the demonstration, we see Hound speedily respond to obscenely specific inquiries, such as: "How many days are there between the day after tomorrow and three days before the second Thursday of November of 2022?" The answer, according to Hound, is 2714 days between the day after tomorrow and Monday, November 7th, 2022.
Later in the video, the speaker asks Hound for the populations and capitals of China and Japan as well as their areas in square kilometers, plus the population of India and the area codes for Germany, France, and Italy—all at once. It takes Hound a while to recite the answers, but the speaker is immediately able to scroll through the provided cards. Throughout the entire experience, Hound appears immensely zippy, with answers popping up right away.
This video shows Hound predominantly providing numerical and geographical information. We don't see the speaker asking for directions, trying to interact with contacts, or pulling up websites. Nevertheless, what's here is surely enough to get some other company's attention. You can already hear the thuds and drips from venture capitalists getting excited underneath their desks.