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Open Voice #33: Maarten was wrong, voice privacy guard, Alexa award winners, Cortana is just an app, sound design, the car is the new Voice battle ground, Spotify knows this too, the best conversation analysis books

Hey all, Maarten and Sam here. Are you ready for your weekly dose of Voice news and insights? Well, h
Open Voice #33: Maarten was wrong, voice privacy guard, Alexa award winners, Cortana is just an app, sound design, the car is the new Voice battle ground, Spotify knows this too, the best conversation analysis books
By Maarten & Sam • Issue #33 • View online
Hey all,
Maarten and Sam here. Are you ready for your weekly dose of Voice news and insights? Well, here you go! It is game on for 2019!
Let’s start with Maarten’s latest:
Listening back to the pre CES episode of the Voice Cast, out podcast with BNR, I hear my self say that CES wouldn’t have any real news.
I was wrong.
First the 2.2 billion number. That is unbelievable. Second the amount of coverage Voice got was unprecedented. This coverage was not like VR or AR where new devices were needed. No it was mostly about Voice being integrated in existing devices. From clocks to bikes and cars. So about those cars, using Voice they now can react and match your emotion. Are you happy? The car knows and will adjust the experience to that state, in how it talks and how it drives. There is an awesome new design realm to be opened around emotional states of devices.
I wasn’t bored with the CES coverage, I got excited and got new insights. Thanks to VoiceBots Brett Kinsella two podcasts with interviews covering most players. Some take aways: Samsung will focus on the customer experience and open up their TV’s to Alexa and Google Assistant next to their own Bixby 2. Also many chip makers who were enabling Voice are moving to sell their wares to all who want to have voice in their platforms in stead of just the know speaker and phone makers.
It’s good to be wrong 8-)
From Sam:
It has been great to meet up with the community in the past weeks. Either face to face, meeting Kamil and Sahan (Q42) and talk about the cool VUI design tool they are developing.
Also, I met with Hans (Robocopy) to talk about the lack of proper educational sources and how he’s building a curriculum of Conversational design courses.
And finally, worth mentioning is checking in with Jinél (Savant Events, Berlin) on v-commerce developments. I’m still thinking about the best way to get the things I learn from these meetings in a shareable format. Maybe a longer format podcast or blogposts.
Lets move on to what blipped at the Voice radar in the past week:

That’s it for this week. This afternoon we’ll at BNR to record our next Voicecast episode, which will be available in time for your commute home.
See you next week!
Cheers,
— Maarten & Sam
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