BBC employs the largest voice and AI team outside of Google and Amazon, and the regularly share their learnings. This time their Voice + AI team shares the 12 design principles they discovered making the BBC Kids Skill.
When developing a conversational experience, the journey doesn’t end with deployment. The next challenge developers face is user acquisition and discovery. Finnish Voice analytics startup shares a couple of suggestions.
No, it is not talking Flemish. Only French or Dutch. Plus local services. Thats what makes this regional. We understand, it a lot of work to launch a language. Still, would’ve loved to hear Flemish. Article in Flemish.
Interpreting a spoken request isn’t magic, rather it has taken a team of “underpaid, subcontracted” linguists to make the technology anything worth using. Does the Guardian have a point? Or is this jet another example of popular journalism against a new technology? At least the headline is sensational (and original) with ‘white-collar sweatshop.”
Alexa devices will delete voice recordings upon request thanks to a new voice command debuted by Amazon last week. We didn’t get the chance to look into the details yet. How much will the device forget when you remove the voice history for a day?
Echo Show 5, a compact 5.5 inch smart display ready to help manage your day, entertain at a glance, and connect you to friends and family. It’s a budget friendly model for people who’d like to see if a smart screen is anything they’d like, or, as Maarten suggested: a perfect small alarm clock ⏰
A research team built a device that can emit an ultrasonic pitch and pick up its echoes to tell if a person is sitting, standing, or walking. Better listening abilities might give a smart speaker better context understanding abilities.