Personal digital assistant is a tool making it much easier to keep track of things and dramatically boost productivity. There is no shortage of assistant apps for Android, as well as any other system, and they have been steadily gaining popularity, technical progress championing accessibility, efficiency, and user-friendly design.
A digital assistant can make all the difference between a day spent shuffling papers and a day full of productive working activities seamlessly transitioning into each other.
What is a personal digital assistant?
A personal digital assistant these days is much closer to an actual human assistant than the unwieldy pseudo-smartphones of the ‘00s. First of all, integration and synchronisation are features expected to be there by default. Smartphone is a universal device; more and more data relies on cloud providers, internet connection is on its way from a luxury to a basic human right.
Voice assistant is the pinnacle of what users would like PDAs to represent in terms of productivity. Of course, there are still text-based digital assistants, but speech-to-text is well on its way to becoming a standard feature. As an example, consider the well-known Wunderlist: a list app by design, it was criticised for the lack of voice memos and speech recognition, and numerous hacks had been published on how to connect it to VAs like Cortana.
On the other hand, let’s take a voice recorder note taker Senstone, made specifically to facilitate recording and reduce unnecessary moves. No keyboard, no screen, completely hands free.
It would be safe to say that an easy voice recorder is essential for making a digital assistant truly useful for effective planning and task management. It allows for uninterrupted focus during working sessions, and you can dictate your memos while driving or walking. In short, it’s simply faster than the conventional methods, such as writing or typing by hand.
Thus, to maximise positive impact of a digital assistant is to make it a constant companion, always alert and available whenever and wherever needed. This ensures that not a single note will go unrecorded and no details will be lost. Portable and easy to use on the go – these are essential features of any digital assistant worth its name.
While not every PDA is capable of speech recognition and even fewer of those can transcribe speech into text, the latter option is the mark of a truly powerful assistant. What makes it great is that you are spared from reviewing audio files. Text format is incredibly helpful in this regard: you can copy and paste any part of it, text files are easy to convert and send due to their small size, and reading is faster than listening.
Keeping this in mind, we can see a wide range of opportunities to optimise the working process, as long as the voice assistant of choice acts as a high-tech relay providing access to its primary functions at any given moment: in a moving vehicle, during a board meeting, at home, or during a walk in the park. This can be achieved by means of making the digital assistant wearable and small in size, by implementing transcription and secondary tools to organise the transcribed notes and memos.
Of course, the big part of this is the ability to record. This is what the device is meant to do: save and store.
For the recordings to be available at any moment, personal digital assistants can synchronise and share notes, so that you can work with them even if you left your phone at home.
To conclude, we think PDAs as they are now are great for effective management and business, and they are here to stay. What course they take, however, remains to be seen.