The next-generation smart speaker from the makers of the beloved Alexa, Cortana and Google Home, and Amazon’s Echo, is here, but the big question is when will I use it?
And it’s not just consumers who might be left behind, experts say.
A new study published by the American Psychological Association suggests the use of the devices could be on the rise.
While the new devices don’t appear to be replacing voice assistants in every home, they are likely to fill the gap, said Karen Bowers, a research psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of ” The Next Smartphone: Why People are Talking Now .”
“The next device that people are going to want is the voice assistant, and they’ll want it in the home as well,” Bowers told ABC News.
In a study of 6,400 households, Bowers and her colleagues found that more than a quarter of those surveyed (28 percent) said they would be willing to pay $500 for an Amazon Echo or Google Home that was able to answer their questions and provide more contextual information about a person’s day.
Only 8 percent of respondents said they’d be willing, on the other hand, to pay over $1,000 for a Google Home or Echo.
That’s a significant gap.
For example, one in four respondents (23 percent) who would be comfortable paying $500 to get an Echo said they wouldn’t be able do so unless it had more contextual data.
The next closest devices were Siri and Google Now, with just 8 percent (8 percent) of those responding saying they’d pay over the cost of the smart speakers.
The researchers also looked at how people use the devices.
Respondents were asked to rate their likelihood of using the new voice assistant.
Those with the highest likelihood of saying they would use it were more likely to be buying it.
Those who were least likely to say they would pay were more willing to buy it.
But, Bower said, those who are most likely to use the smart speaker aren’t as willing to do so.
She said they tend to be people who have already gotten a new device.
Bowers noted that the average consumer will only have access to one device, rather than a lot of them.
So, she said, they may have more to worry about if they feel that they need to spend more than one day on their smart speaker.
While consumers may be reluctant to pay for the device, they’re likely to have more than enough money to get it, she added.
For example, if you’ve already purchased a new smart speaker, you might be able pay less than $100,000 to buy a new Amazon Echo, which is about the price of a new Nexus 7 tablet.
The most important part is getting the smart device for the right person, Bows said.
So if someone has a family member who has an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, for example, the smart thing to do is to go get a prescription.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You could get a new voice speaker that can help you find answers to your questions or can provide other contextual information that will help you with things like a home repair, she explained.