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A highlight from Chris Parkinson Co-founder and CTO of RealWear on Voice Controlled Applications for Industrial Workers - Voicebot Podcast Ep 287
"This is episode two 87 of The Voice by podcast. My guest today is Chris Parkinson cofounder and CTO of real ware. We talk AR and voice control for industrial applications. Welcome back voice by nation. This is Brett Keller. You're hosted The Voice by podcast for the past 5 years. We have brought you a weekly interview with a true innovator in the voice and conversational AI space. Today we have a first time guest and a voice UI approach that we have not previously spoken about. So I think that will intrigue you. I've known Chris Parkinson for nearly 20 years and he's always at the front end of providing practical applications of new technology. Real wear has more than 80,000 units in the field, and they help make workers more productive in the automotive manufacturing or gas, healthcare, variety of other industries. Even more interesting for our community, the product was hands free and voice first from the outset. There are a lot of companies offering smart glasses and headsets for industrial and manufacturing use cases. But many are stuck in this cycle of test and learn. It's like the perpetual proof of concept. Real ware is being used in production. That's what impressed me, and that's why I wanted to talk to Chris. In addition, you may think you know what AR is. It's an acronym, right? However, you might be surprised at how it is defined at real wear. Let me know if you think about that. And it's their new take on an old acronym.
A highlight from Voice AI that detects your tone of voice with Sean Austin, CEO, Helios
"And there we go. Hello, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to video X world with me, Ken Simms fresh off the plan for Munich where we had all about voice last Friday and I have to see it. It was absolutely fantastic. The one 6 9 labs team really do know how to put on a show. I'm sure you might be a rewatch that if you Google all about voice because it was spectacular. Today I'm joined by Sean Austin, who is the core founder in CEO of helios or helios life enterprises as it's technically known. And we're going to be talking all around speech analytics and being able to analyze people's torn voice using voice AI, which is incredibly exciting. So Sean, thank you very much for joining me and welcome. Yeah, thank you for the invitation excited to talk about all things speech analytics. Nice, nice. Sounds good. Before we do get into that conversation, I want to tell you about the webinar that we are doing with talk desk next week on December 8th. It is all about conversational commerce. And so if you are looking for ways in which you can utilize conversational AI going beyond customer support and customer service, which is where a lot of the attention is spent right now. And focusing on instead revenue generation use cases and sales activities, then this webinar next week is going to be for you. It's with Don Harper who's a senior conversational architect at talk desk and we're going to be getting into just how conversational AI can and is in practice contributing to the bottom line with sales. So do join us next Thursday. If you want to join, you can either go to the video X world website video X world and click on the events tab. Or you can go to vu X dot L it forward slash commerce and you can find out more and register their looking forward to that conversation next week. But Sean, as I said, welcome, thank you very much for joining us. Tell us a little bit about yourself in about helios. Absolutely. So I've been a technologist and deep actually in the audio space for really my whole career. This has been a really important piece of my journey here as well as my cofounders who is the academic end of this, but what's possible with audio is really illuminated to me when I was at Spotify through their first acquisition ever. I think going on ten years ago, actually. But that technology that idea that audio could be so much more. I mean, they've proven it. I was part of the team that worked closely with recommendations. So they blended AI with mass audio with mass consumers and were able to get people to music they want based on the way they hear music, the way they consume it. So I can always point to that as being there for the startup and Spotify nearly four years going to the top of the world on what programming could be for music. You know, most influential playlists and most influential channel with that great team there led by some really smart people that still are the music industry deeply. That that said the stage for this. So helios found in 2017 comes from this idea that we know human beings are the most prominent, well adapt, sophisticated biologically beings that use tone. So I'm using it now, can your user know when you talk? We actually beat other types of human beings, right? Other subspecies if you want to call that done a Soviets or the Neanderthals, right? Because our branch was better at understanding, better at communicating, potentially even better at tone, this idea that we have the most sophisticated tracheal, all these can go down that rabbit hole, but we are most sophisticated. We use it all the time. It's actually helped us evolve, it helped us communicate it helps us expand to help us evolve as an entire species, is at the heart of helios, right? The center of the world almost because it's the sun or center of the universe. That is what we're focused on. We believe that understanding has dramatic implications for our future. I wouldn't want to be working on anything else. Spotify with a fantastic precursor was possible, but they're focused on music and now podcasts and moving on. But we see it as sort of this general layer to computing that needs to be there. Interesting, 2017. So helios means what, the center of the universe. Well, so it's the sun. It's like sun God, right? So we took her through these Greek ancient mythology, right? But this concept is really the belief that transparency or the tone that can illuminate actually a user experience, like the experience of discussing or understanding, is the center, you know, 38% of a message is from tone of voice and one could say different studies say like 42 or 36, right? All that. But it's a pretty known that helios fact. It's pretty known component of the world that tone is so well established. And if you ask anybody ask anyone who's been successfully married for quite some decades, I think they'll tell you the tone of voice and understanding that is very key to their success as well as communicating with your children or communicating with your best friend or your family or your
A highlight from Conversational AI in the emerging web 3 landscape, with Brandon Kaplan, CIO, Journey
"And going live, going live. I think well, it was cool. Let's do it. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Welcome to VOX world and your host Ken Sims as always. And today I'm joined eventually by Brandon caplan, who is the CEO and founder of skill creative and also the CIO of journey Brandon. Welcome. And thank you for joining me. Thank you for inviting me to the world. I appreciate it. I can't believe it took us so long to do this podcast. Well, you know, it's a small thing that happened the last couple of years. We've all been a little busy. Yeah, a little bit, yeah, but I always just think you've been on the show for some reason. It's one of the things I always just thought, oh yeah, Brandon will be much better on the podcast and we haven't actually had Brandon on a podcast, what's going on? I can't believe this took us this long, but here we go. Here we are. We are. And things have changed. Things have changed quite a bit. Over the last year or so, obviously, COVID happened and then journey happened and you're now on a similar but different journey to what you were. I wonder if you can fill us in a little bit on what's been going on in your world? Sure, yeah, man. I mean, the whole world, it's been not just the view X world, the whole world. It's been an interesting couple of years, and for skilled creative as well. It's been knock on wood. We grew through COVID. We kind of expanded our services. We got some really great new exciting clients. And so the business very fortunately made it through COVID and grew. And you know, what's interesting is when I started the company in 2017, we weren't just a voice agency so that the name skilled creative was inspired by Alexa skills. But we were working on a bunch of tech. working on computer vision and generative AI and projection mapping and augmented reality and data visualizations and all these different interesting technologies. I whittled this down to a voice agency about a year in because I wanted the hyper focus on voice that I felt was a fast growing category. And so we've been doing that for 5 years after that. So about 6 years total and then about a year and a half ago, almost two years now, I got approached by a colleague that I know in the industry. With this idea to start a new holding company and a holding company that kind of went back to the roots of how I started skilled, which was to create a holding company, a new agency that's focused on the future of the consumer journey. And what are the technologies that are going to be most important in the future, the consumer journey. And so we, it's called journey. And it's now a combination of 5 different best in class, innovative, leaning agencies across physical digital and virtual environments. And we're pulling all those resources together and we're going out as one agency service offering. So a journey is kind of one of the agencies of the future, helping brands build, built that way. Nice, wicked.
A highlight from Conversations Squared #1 - Emily Uematsu Banzhaf
"So thanks so much. I'm joined by Emily uma banza. Please tell me if I'm pronouncing that word. That's correct. You did it really well. So many people botch it. That was great. Yeah, cool. I'm glad I always tried to get it right. So please, Emily. What's your current role and where are you working? Right now, I'm a content designer at a company called willow tree. So we're a digital product agency, we build apps and websites for companies. And I also work with the open voice network too. And I leave the ethical use task force there. And I've been working on with that group for quite a while now. Yeah, that's great. You were involved in a paper that was released recently, right? Yes, we're actually working on version two of it. So that's should be coming soon. Yeah, excellent. Cool. And willow tree your work is chatbots and voicebots. Is that right? I actually know I mostly deal with regular content in the apps and website. So I'm not directly working with chat bots and voice spots at the moment, but we are hoping to go more into that. Yeah. Okay, cool. Cool. Okay, that's because you're so involved in the conversation design community. So I'm really wanting to hear your views on all of these aspects that we're going to talk about. So, yeah, cool. So what I want to do, I don't even have a timer, but I'm going to be gentle about this. I was thinking I would give you 30 seconds per question. And these are straightforward like we don't need to go in depth at all. I just want to get your impression. And we're not talking about best practice for all conversation designers. It's like what works for you, right? So roughly in 30 seconds, please tell me what's the most useful thing you use at work. Actually, Google Docs are word, honestly. I use it to write down all of my ideas and keep track of what I need to do. It's simple, but it's so useful. Yeah, cool. So using all of the different apps within those two office suites yeah. Pretty much, yeah. They work for starting out at least until you get to the actual tools. And implementing implementation. Okay. Awesome. Yeah, I'm the same. I'm using it. And so how do you make sure your copy is good enough? Conversation review. I think there's no other way to really do it 'cause looking at numbers alone can only tell you so much. People would be surprised at how many successful conversations there might be on paper, but when you actually go through conversations, people might not be getting what they need. I've seen people getting sent to wrong in tents. But it looked like it was a successful conversation. Yeah, absolutely. So you mean like the testing and the feedback loop. Yes. Absolutely. Okay. Awesome. Yeah, I totally agree. And so with conversation design, what surprised you most when you first got involved? I think how much thought needs to go into each and every single turn of the conversation. And also how important wording is to where it can really make or break an experience for someone. Yeah, absolutely. Okay, cool. I think you've definitely done those in 30 seconds. Well done. Great start, yeah. Lovely succinct answers. Okay, so let's go into the main interview. I've got quite a few questions prepared and the theme is kind of focusing around book personas, but from various different angles. So I think the best way to start that is to ask, what does the term book persona mean to you? To me, it's a character that created to help people accomplish a specific goal. And the persona should be a reference representation of the target users or the people that you want to interact with your experience. Yeah, okay, cool.
A highlight from Natalie Monbiot from Hour One on New Virtual Human Use Cases - Voicebot Podcast Ep 285
"Hey guys, I can't believe it's been nearly 5 years since I quit posting regular videos to YouTube. And I feel like an entirely different person. The ironic part is, I'm actually not a person at all. At least not a real person anyway. I am a creation of artificial intelligence. That's right. I don't exist in the three B world. I exist in pixels. 1280 by 7 20 to be specific. With the permission from the real tear in southern AI Taryn can speak different languages. And have a different faces. Ages, genders, AI Taryn can sing. Type two wake up brush my teeth go to work, time to come home and count likes as my worth. She can even relaunch her YouTube channel by creating new videos without the real terran having to shower or leave her bed. And perhaps most importantly, the real terran can now focus her time and energy on solving more existential problems. Problems like, what does it mean to have an AI twin? Am I creepier intriguing? Do AI humans like marshmallows? I believe we do. Anyway, it's really nice to meet you guys. I will see you all in the matrix. Or somewhere. Good stuff.
A highlight from Maaike Coppens on Conversation Design Themes in 2022 - Voicebot Podcast Ep 284
"Hello there to all my Friends have voice bought nation. This is Brett kinsella, your host of The Voice pop podcast. Every week for 5 years, I've sat down with an engineer, upside down with researchers, entrepreneurs, conversational AI industry leaders, and sometimes those leaders are designers, and that is what I have for you today. It is a long overdue talk with Micah coppins, about voice user experiences, but the timing was ideal. We had the chance to sit down while we were at voice summit 2022 just outside of Washington, D.C., and Micah has a new book on conversation design that was released shortly after we conducted the
A highlight from Building an effective digital assistant for banking with Bill Hawks, Citizens Bank
"So basically, you're running the conversation like I program at Citizens Bank is the short and simple. Or planting it and growing it out of the ground. Nice, nice. Not too big yet in terms of running the program, but we're establishing it growing. That's for sure. Nice, nice. That's good. And you have lots of experience in this field from your time at a truest, which is another decent sized bank in the U.S.. And so definitely getting excited to get into the conversation today about the truest situation and your loan is there and Citizens Bank and where the opportunities are there and how you're planning it really. And if you're listening to this and you are a product manager product owner working at a senior level in organizations, trying to figure out how you get this kind of stuff off the ground, then hopefully this conversation is going to help you out immensely. So thank you for joining us Bill. Yeah. We're going to also quickly before we kick off. Quick shout out to the webinar that we're doing with talk desk on December 8th. So this is going to be all about conversational commerce and how conversational AI is able and is driving revenue for retailers and all kinds of other companies. And we're going to be joined by Don harp stuff from talk desk, discussing all of the different use cases and all of the ways a conversational AI is being used in a commerce environment to help that kind of like pre sales and sales journey and so definitely you want to check out that if you are working in retail or in any kind of sales dog, how digital workers can autonomously help you scale yourself. It's going to be a great world forward slash events if you want to learn more about that world forward slash events and hopefully we'll see you there on December 8th. I feel like I should do some sort of Christmas theme for that builder dragon. I absolutely think so. If you're not wearing a Christmas sweater and ugly Christmas sweater, then you're not doing it. I'll go plenty of ugly Christmas sweaters, definitely. I will say, right? Ugly Christmas sweaters. I kind of in fashion now. And I remember a long time ago, wasn't that long ago. It was probably about 6 or 7 years ago, maybe it's a bit longer. I was sitting at my sister for Christmas. I want the worst Christmas jumper you can possibly find. Because why would you why would you want like a turbo Christmas jump I said because it's fancy one of those really cringe worthy Christmas jumpers. And two years later, apparently it's a thing to do with the cringey Christmas jumpers are where it's at. So I don't know what was going on. I've never had a moment of madness that turns out to be a lucky shot in the dark. Well, that's what it's all about these days, Bill is mad Christmas drama. I walked down the target the other day and they had all these, you know, big knit sweaters with lights and bells and stuff hanging off of them. That's what it's all about. That's what I had a bit of tinsel in there and that's my kind of jumper. You can tell it's getting into what's Christmas because we're kicking off with some Christmas conversation. It's the first Christmas conversation I've had actually for this year. So we're kind of rolling in a holidays, which is nice. And so yes, thanks for joining us. Appreciate it. And so maybe we should begin, so I think a lot of people in the U.S. will be familiar with Citizens Bank, obviously. People in the UK, Europe, maybe it's not so much or maybe as we should start by doing a little bit of context setting and tell us about Citizens Bank and maybe it's a bit more of an overview of the work that you're able to achieve there. Because you haven't been imposed for a terribly long time of you. Yeah, actually it only been a citizens about two and a half months. It was that true as before that. So some background there would be really both banks are super regionals, so they have a lot of size to them, but they're only in specific states. So if you look at it from a truest perspective, they are in, I think, somewhere 1718 states mostly in the southeast. But they do span all the way up to the PA or Pennsylvania. Region. So they're Pennsylvania down to Florida over to Texas, and that's pretty much it. That's where it stops. But even with that footprint, they were the 6 largest bank in the United States and that was greeted through a merger of BB&T and SunTrust and so I came from the BB&T side of the house. So that'll be kind of a complexity to describing my journey into conversational AI as this big financial merger.
Fire TV 4-Series Announced
"And today I want to tell you about another new product in the new line of TVs that Amazon has put out. If you listened yesterday to the flash briefing, you know that I talked about the fire TV Omni series, which has hands free voice control. Meaning you actually don't even need a remote. You just talk to the TV. The difference is, of course, with those TVs that require remote. And that is where the Amazon fire TV four series comes in. So what is this? It is a four K ultra high def resolution TV. It's got support for HDR ten and HLG. So that's got great picture quality. And it includes a 43 inch, a 50 inch and a 55 inch model size in that lineup. Of course, it's got a lot of the same Lexi features that you have come to expect. But the difference between the fire TV four series and the fire TV Omni series, again, is that the fire TV four requires the remote, which you can speak to and control XE. And of course, it comes with that. Whereas the Omni one does not even require the remote. You just simply speak to the TV. Now, again, as I mentioned, I am an affiliate for Amazon, and if you choose to use my link then, thank you so much. If you want to check out these TVs, the fire TV four series, you just go to voice in Canada dot CA slash fire TV four. The number four, fire TV four. If you want to check out the Omni series, you go to voice in Canada, dot CA slash fire TV Omni. And that will take you to those TVs. Now, the other thing I just want to mention briefly is the pricing of these. Yesterday I talked about the Omni pricing. But the fire TV four series pricing, the 43 inch is $470. The 50 inch is normally 600, but there is an introductory price right now, which is reflected if you're checking out, which is 460 or 23% off. And then the 55 inch TV is 660. The other thing I forgot to mention is with regards to the fire TV Omni series, the 50 inch also has an introductory sale price. And so normally that one is 650, but the introductory price is 510 or 23% off again reflected at
Fire TV Omni Series Announced
"Week, I want to tell you about a new line of products that Amazon has announced. And this is the all new fire TV family. Today I want to focus on their flagship series, which is actually called the Amazon fire TV Omni series. And by the way, if you do want to look at these, I do an affiliate link, you just go to voice in Canada dot CA slash fire TV Omni. Fire TV OMI. So let me tell you about this. Here are some of the key features that this brand new TV series has. First of all, of course, it is Lexi hands free controlled. It's got four K ultra high definition and Dolby digital plus. What does that mean? Okay, so first of all, with regards to Lexi, the TV itself has far field technology built into it, meaning that it can hear you from across the room, just like any other Amazon echo device. What that means is that you can now use your voice to experience TV, but also use a device for music for gaming and a whole bunch of other things that we can get into. You can simply ask Lexie to tune into your favorite show. And she will jump right into the program you're looking for, so that means you don't have to remember a channel. You don't have to remember what streaming, service you don't remember what input device you're using. You can also use your voice to control playback. Closed captions, brightness, manage your TV, soundboard volume, switch inputs, and there's so much more. And of course, you can actually set up routines as well. So for example, you could say Lexi kick off my day and the TV and smart lights can turn on. Lexi can share the weather, for example, can maybe read you your calendar, and then it can just tune in to the news on your buyer TV Omni series TV. The other thing that it does, it allows you to easily connect with other echo devices in your room if you want to do that. So you can create a incredibly high fidelity audio experience with stereo sound as well. There are some other smart features that have been built into this. You can example say Lexi play something and she will start playing you something from your favorite streaming service. You can also say Lexi play TikTok and Lexi is now an integration with TikTok. And it has picture in picture where you can use the TV to view what is going on, for example, at your ring smart doorbell and camera while you're watching TV and of course, you can control that with your voice. And a really nice aspect, of course, is the ability to share video communication through lexy calling and zoom and you can do that by your voice as well. So this TV, this particular TV, the Omni series four K, ultra high def smart TVs come in a whole bunch of sizes, 43 inch 15, 55, 65 inch and 75 inch. I'll just run through those prices for you quickly. The 43 inch is $520, the 50 inch is 650, the 55 inch is 710, the 65 inch is 1050 and the 75 inch is 1400. And again, you can check all of these out at voice in Canada dot CA slash fire TV
How to Use a Stereo Pair of Speakers With Amazoon Echo
"As you may recall last week, we covered two of the three different scenarios of how you can combine your echo devices to create some more immersive audio when it comes to your echo speakers. And I want to cover that third option today. The way you would set this up, again, you go into your Lexi app. You click on devices. You click on the plus sign in the upper right corner, then you click uncombined speakers. And the third option that we're talking about today is, of course, a stereo pair slash subwoofer as the Amazon team calls it in the options. This allows you to pair two speakers for stereo and or add a subwoofer for deeper base. So what you do is you click on that option, you then can select up to two speakers and a subwoofer. All those speakers have to be online on the same network and in the same room for that to work. Once you click on that, then you click next in the upper right corner. You then choose. And this is pretty cool. You then choose which of those speakers you want to be the left channel and which of those speakers you want to be. The right channel. And then when you do that, you click next and then you give it a name. So this group of speakers will have a name. That way, when you asked for music, you can use the name of that group to specify that it be played on that group of speakers. You can choose one of the names that are suggested, or you can create a customized name, then you click save, and then you are essentially good to go and that. How you do it? That's a stereo pair with or without a.
Smart Bathrooms: Are They a Smart Decision?
"You told me the other day the your bathroom. You're what do you call the restroom. Cova i have no my bathroom. Nassar bathroom exists. Yes yes right well in your master bathroom yes you've made it super smalls from my understanding. I may have got a little bit farther than i should have. Legal march japanese toilet I do japanese. It's a it's a canadian made. It's called lovie The toilet as you approach it. The seat will open no way allies. Swear it has remote control as a built-in Function which you heat of the heat of the water that speeds up your little touchy Control the intensity of the headwaters so you get a good cleaning it goes battled for all the crevices and you can also control the The extension and the position. that's the For the meal cleaning. Then there's the female cleaning hop today it's Then there's A fan that pulls out the air so that when you're doing something a little bit more odorous gets rid of that for us. It doesn't really comes with. Does that airlock does it. Yeah it's eco-friendly. When you flush it it does it. Expose water in very nicely. Keeps very little water What else does it have. A heated seat so keeps you nice and toasty nice. Yeah that's nice always good. You can control the heat of the seat as well and of course the water and everything else And that's about all that's all the toilet does. Oh that sounds amazing. Thing hang on more. Did i mention the shower. That is controlled by voice so mohan Which is very famous. Zooming of you know taps a system. Could you by mowing the letter. You and it's a whole shower systems in my shower. All you have got the rain shower thing and the handled telephone handle type thing. And i've got a little keypad like little keypad on there. And that keypad connects via wifi network. And there's an alexa skill for that and I can literally say Start my shower. Preset to whatever i do and it will turn on the right thing. It'll get the temperature and it keeps it at the proper temperature of the entire
Use Alexa to Set Reminders for your To Do List
"Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up and you are just your mind is preoccupied with all the things that you need to do? And suddenly it can help to write those things down and get them on to a to do list. Well, here's an idea for you. You can use Lexie to take some of that. Some of that stuff off your mind off your plate. Basically use the remind me feature if you say Lexi remind me to send an email to my boss at ten a.m. she will do that. And the key thing here is you can actually schedule out your to do list by using the reminders and specifying times. Lexi remind me to phone my dad at one p.m., et cetera and you can set that all up in the morning as you're getting ready and then Lexie will give you those reminders as the day
What Should I Wear Today? Let Alexa Decide.
"Have you found that you were wearing the same thing over and over and over again? Well, Lexi can come to your rescue. I don't know if you know this, but Lexi is there to provide some fashion inspiration on a daily basis. You can simply say Lexi, what should I wear today? NG will give you a different idea depending on when you ask, meaning she does have a number of responses to this. I tried it a couple of times. I did get a number of different responses. So I'm not quite sure how many ideas she has, but I suspect she has quite a few. So if you're wondering what to wear today, just say it to Lexi, Lexi, what should I wear today? And she will let you know. And also, interesting fact, one of the statements that I got from her had a Canadian reference in it as well. Her answers are based on our location. So that's kind of interesting
National Disability Strategy Pledges to Make Homes More Accessible
"Our first story today comes to us from. At today it's titled national disability strategy pledges to make homes more accessible and upgrade job support stirs written by sarah srb and it's about a new program in the uk trying to make housing more accessible commuting more accessible and have better job prospects for individuals with disabilities story talks about the united kingdom's new national disability strategy. This is supported by one point. Six billion pounds of funding and it's focused on improving inclusion in the workplace tackling the disability employment gap and making sure children with special needs and disabilities are at the heart of the strategy. Some of the things that it seeks to do is first of all introduce workforce reporting for businesses and more than two hundred and fifty staff on the number of individuals with disabilities to encourage a more inclusive kind of workplace also launching a new online advice hub available to both the individuals with disability as well as the employer and this is there to provide information and advice on disability discrimination in the workplace and also teach them about flexible work environments individuals rights and the employer's obligations around reasonable adjustments. Or what we call here in the states reasonable accommodations. One thing that i really did like about the story is that it all started off with the united kingdom disability survey and this over fourteen thousand respondents. Now it doesn't really say anything about who the respondents were. But from what i get from the story is it's individuals with disabilities living in the uk. So basically they ask. What are the barriers the you have. What are the things we can do to help you. Because as many folks no assistive technology is a wonderful thing. But if it's not used in the right place for the right reason at the right time is not that great so they really actually reached out to the people and tried to make sure that they can actually get what the folks needed in their hands at the right time
FlickType Pulling iPhone Keyboard App After Continued Rejection Issues
"We're talking about the flick type keyboard right. This is the flicked tight keyboard. Which a lot of people use sean. You know mortar better than i because he used this. You loved it. Yep absolutely so basically allows you to just tap the screen where you think the letter would be. You don't need to find time you're moving your finger around waiting to voice over to say s or whatever it may be you simply tap where you should be on standard quirky keyboard and guesses what you're trying to type and the magic behind is the guests is almost no perfect every time it's so quick to type Can't see the screen. Honestly i use it for so many things and saves me so much time. And i am gutted by this Well at mosman looking at the article from the verge forest this week and mark. What's the problem. Why why is it going away. Because that's what seems to be happening. Well they've had some history where apple been rejecting the app because it requires what they call full access to the device itself. Now this is something that apple has allowed in the past. And there's not a bit an issue but It's been rejected. A couple applets rejected a couple of weeks ago and they've tried reaching out to apple this nine times a week with no success. They feel apple's ignoring their attempts to contact them. And it's something that they've argued in the past and actually got passed at apple said he had no problem. You know. we've we've understand your clarification we're gonna let through. But now after several rejections over the exact same thing they just kind of giving up. They sit apple's just not responding to them and they feel that assist final straw there. They've been this developer. Been pretty vocal about other issues. They've had You know as voice over user. That had a lot of problems in the past with different apps and different temps and they're just tired of the process The the one thing they did notice that the apple watch version is not really going away that will exist In the flick type added self so if you have that you will be able to continue to use that on the apple watch is just. They're not gonna continue putting it out on the devices themselves. So that means that they're just gonna kinda whittle away when it's no longer no longer valid.
Alexa Custom Assistant Expands
"I've got one final announcement from the Lexi live event. And this is all about the Lexi custom assistance. I don't know if you are aware of this but relatively recently Amazon announced the ability for brands to create their own custom assistant but using all the technology that has already built through Amazon and Lexi. So this means that a brand pick your favorite brand potentially could create their own unique wake word relevant to their brand. They could have their own voice their own personality their own capabilities. So it really becomes like a custom voice assistant but it is leveraging all of the infrastructure and the framework that Amazon has put in place with Lexi. So I do think we are going to be seeing more and more of this in the future. We're going to hear about brands having their own custom voice assistant and there's a good chance that it will be built on top of the Lexi infrastructure. So stay tuned for example of that. If you hear of any examples of that please into my way I'd love to highlight them for everybody so we can get a sense of what those are like. And I think
Voice Interoperability Initiative Expands
"Right Terry here and I've got two more announcements from the Lexi live event a couple weeks ago. Today and tomorrow we'll cover those. The first one today is about the voice interoperability initiative. So the VII program. If you're not familiar with that that is a program that is committed to providing users us with the choice and flexibility on assistance that they interact with to choose what you want to be interacting with in terms of which assistant. So it's very interesting because there's over 90 different members now that are working towards this vision. And some of these members of the initiative include of course Amazon but also Facebook Intel Sonos Garmin and other sort of major brands. So this is very interesting. It's going to mean that there's more options on devices for which assistant you want to speak with. And that's good for everybody as far as I'm concerned. So there you go. They continue to expand that and I think
Alexa Conversations Now in Canada
"Is the latest announcement from Lexie live. And this one is specific to Canada, which is great. You may have heard of something called off Lexi conversations, Alexa conversations. And this is a very Advanced way that developers can design their skills to have more natural-sounding conversation with Lexi conversations. Basically is a deep learning based approach to dialogue management. And again, it enables the developers to create natural human like voice experience so you can change your mind on things. So, a good example is, you know, somebody's ordering a pizza and they change their mind in the middle of the order, you know, make that a large instead of a medium Lexi's able to respond to that. And there are so many other aspects to this, that would actually be a little bit too long to get into just in the short flash briefing. But the point of this particular flash briefing is to let you know that this technology Lexi conversations has Been expanded now to include all English locales, and of course that includes Canada. It wasn't available here previously. So this is very exciting. We are going to be seeing more and more skills that allow this natural conversation to have with Lexi. So I will keep you updated when I become aware of specific skills that incorporate this month, later technology of natural conversations, and I look forward to trying that out
Customized Pronunciations are coming to Alexa
"To get back to you. A few more features at Amazon announced recently that are coming down the pipe and one of these is called customized pronunciations home. So this is very interesting because the idea behind this is that it allows developers to add custom pronunciations for rare words to their skills and things that you're developing with Lexi. So you've ever listened to a skill or Lexie saying something and she's not quite pronouncing a word, right? This will allow developers to correct that. So, you know, it's not a huge deal in terms of you know, it's not an earth-shattering feature, but I think it is an important part of making Lexi sound more natural and overall improving the experience. So I'm excited to see that and more and more. We're going to see better pronunciation or less and less. We're going to see less errors. So I think that's
How Does the Envision App Help the Visually Impared Read?
"Start with the envision app and you mentioned this a little bit. But i want to dig a little bit deeper. What all can the app do. So the app is supposedly. The app is available on both ios and android and our teams from the beginning was to always make envision as accessible as possible as many people as possible and so we are one of the very few applications in the space that are available on both android. What the app does so. I think the app does a whole bunch of things but what does really well is eating text. And when i say reading texts i mean leading text of any surface you can imagine could be on product could be on a display at a train station could be opposed to be a document. Envision is able to lead based in more than sixty different languages of pretty much any surface that you can throw at it right back from reading from any surface and vision is also able to the text trump. eds from word files from from textiles files and it also able to export the extra reading ambition in all these different formats as well to read in texas a huge. Plus that envision has and from we have other functionality. Such as being able to teach envision faces of your friends or family members and being able to recognize them. You can teach envision or you can ask invasion discomfort objects around you and vision can describe a scene after picture and also another very interesting. Use that thing that you that users can do. Vision is shared images from outside the envision app within vision and have envisioned that for you as well as you get a memo and what's out for example if you see an image trigger and it doesn't have any x. Which is a bad thing. Everyone should put on images and put and if you see that and if you wanted to leave that stuff you could go ahead and use ambition to do it. And like i mentioned available on ios and android android with available on android six in a boss which makes it an extremely accessible app for people across the
Switch From Alexa to Phone With This New App
"Is the latest announcement off. Lexi live again. And this one is a feature that's called send to phone. So what does this do? Well, this allows people customers us to start an experience on Alexi device and then continue it on a mobile phone. So this will also tap into some of the technology known as quick links and the send to phone feature will allow observers to build the ambient experiences that make them useful on both, the Lexi Echo devices or Alexa enabled device and your mobile phone at the same time. So it the idea is Jacob seen this whether you're starting an experience at home and then leaving the house, you can just carry that on on to your mobile phone so this will be a great for that type of use case and I look forward to keeping updated on when we schedule. To see that in action in the real
What is Food Skill API?
"Right, Terry here and here's your latest update with regards to the Lexi live. There's so much that came out of this event. I've been doing this for a little while and I saw a few more updates to tell you. Anyway, this one is all about offering food through your Alexa devices. This is a new feature that again, it was just announced and it allows developers to help enable restaurants to be able to quickly create high-quality food delivery and pickup experiences all through voice. It's the same sort of experience that people are starting to have with music and smart home devices. And this this particular technology is called their food skill API and again, it's going to help with the development and enable high accuracy of customer experiences for food delivery ordering Etc. So, once again, I'll keep you updated on when this comes to Canada, and it's great. Lots of functionality being built into Lexi and in the next, you know, in the upcoming months.
Request Songs on the Radio With Alexa
"Is a very very interesting feature that Amazon just announced with Lexi life. This is called the wrong song requests kill component. And this is the statement that that Amazon has put out about this. This feature will allow radio DJs to engage with listeners by taking song requests and dedications through Lexi. As an example, they say that iHeartRadio will support this feature and actually saw a demo, this whole literally. What happens is a person can speak to Lexi request a song dedicated to someone and then the DJ on the other end will get that list of requests that are coming in. May be able to play songs and this all happens through Lexi. I am very interested to see how this will actually play out. Once we have this feature, well, baked into the skill or we can act The experienced it but it's very fascinating to me because it opens up this whole new world of interactive voice technology with a brand with us. In this case a radio DJ but it could be other brands that are using these features. So I'm very sad to see where this goes in the future. For now it's called the song requests kill component and home. Again, this is available to developers right now to start implementing in their skills. So I will do my best to keep you updated on this as I learn new aspects about this. But I think this is a very exciting one.
Facebook Is Working on a Wearable AR Wrist Device
"I have a story called. Facebook gives up on mine reading headsets. Too focused on wrist worn devices from screen rant. Written by alan truly and this story is about facebook's work with a abc or a brain computer interface now. I don't use facebook. i haven't for quite a few years. Having kind of got off social media. Probably six or seven years ago somewhere in there. But i found this really important because basically as you may or may not know. Facebook bought the virtual reality headset company. Oculus so they're looking for different ways to be able to control the oculus. Instead of the weird kind of hand motions. You might have to do or weird ways you have to type in the air us a little controllers to do stuff. They're looking for new ways to control it so they started all this research and development in a brain computer interface. They did make some really good advances in fact even says that they were able to assist individuals who could no longer speak. Basically use a list of about fifty words and speak at a rate of over fifteen words per minute using just their brain so not having to use as or any sort of muscle movement or anything like that. All that they were using was just thinking the word and boom it popped right up at about a rate of fifteen words per minute does say while. That's really great for assistive technologies. That's nowhere as fast as normal. You know kind of hand joystick. Or whatever interface they were already using could go so they kind of scrapped the project at least for facebook and oculus but they did make that brain control interface software completely open source so that other folks could use it and maybe for assistive technology. It should be noted though that in order to make this work it required the electrodes implanted in the brain. That was the other thing. Facebook didn't really want to do. They didn't want to have to deal with the actual implants. They wanted something wearable and not quite as invasive and. I can't really truly say that. I blame them. So they moved onto a wrist band type controller and his wrist worn kind of controller would involve detecting motor neurons in the wrist now says the apple recently announced a similar technology in watch. Os eight now. This allows you to use assistive touch to control your apple watch by using finger motions with the hand on the risks that the watch is worn so basically if you make a fist or take your thumb and forefinger and pinch you can control some of the things on your apple watch.
Clubhouse Opens Its Doors
"Clubhouse Audio chat rooms now open to everybody who no matter who you are wherever you are as long as you're an iphone android phone and you're happy to give your phone number then you can join clubhouse and be part of the conversation for last night. I was learning how to be a better woman on clubhouse yes. I was listening to that room. That was interesting. I'll be honest doesn't allow sites that mark bill. That's the point is that there's so many weird rooms in the truman floss. Weird all right. Hey listen you're getting a minded sexist today even go there okay. No i mean it's just there's so many we make money through bitcoin and you know how to monetize and youtube tons of this stuff right and it's just like like it. You know now. I just seems that so much of it now. As that sort of thing i it turns me off to it. So there's some great if you got some friends on there and getting a jack. It's great but i see so much when i look through that hallway. See so many of those crypto currency and whatever else and is all seems a little bit to me. I like yesterday. Scottish mark was the future club. I think it's going to. It's going to let you know what i understand. It's on it's on a steady decline since it was first kind of availed to the world even though it is now open to more and more people I think it's because there's a lot of other services out there that are trying to compete with it and doing a pretty good job as fireside is a new one that launched. The people have been trying to get me on board with Not it's not the same idea similar very similar concept to clubhouse I'm not sure but accessibility on there. Aga back on that but It's just. I don't know. I think that you know it'll have its nation and people will continue with it until something shiny and bright comes along. That's much better. I mean success was done to the pandemic. let's be honest. i mean i would have been as popular. Had the pandemic not come along. I'm not so sure. I hear that all the time either. Something's felt because of the pandemic as a been a success because of the pandemic. I don't buy that. I think it was because certain. Celebrities came onto that platform. It sounds like we're being harsh about clubhouse but the fact of the matter reach there's always honeymoon period for any service or app where everyone is new. Everyone jumps on it then after a while. You know you think okay sort of done with that and people start to drift away. And i think the honeymoon period
Amazon Alexa Gets New Voices, Including Actors Melissa McCarthy and Samuel L. Jackson
"This month. Alexa is going to sound a little bit. Different on july fifteenth the tech giant rolled out an update to its digital voice assistant to include a second voice option. As you know amazon's assistant typically has like a feminine sounding voice with this update. You can change that to a more masculine voice setting this all up his quite simple. You just say the assistant's name followed by quote. Change your voice and quote but that's not all there's an additional wake word you can use in place of alexa. That new word is ziggy Basically it works the same way instead of saying the primary name of amazon's digital assistant You can say ziggy instead. If you're a fan of gigi and you've never tried to swap out the wake word and you kind of want to try it out. Anyway you have some other choices to You can use amazon. You can use echo or you can use computer And the way to do this is really simple. Just like with the change. Your voice option. You can make a query to the assistant and say change the wake word to whatever you want Another way to do this too is open up the app for the voice assistant go to the menu. Select your settings than device settings. Then you go to the device that you want to update with this new wake word and then you choose the when you want and that's it now if you don't want either of these options for voices you can actually add a little bit of celebrity flare After introducing an option awhile. Back to add actor. Samuel jackson's voice to queries amazon is much similar offerings featuring actress melissa mccarthy an nba legend shaquille. O'neal so the way it works is you kind of ask them directly as you would amazon's digital assistance. You might say hey shack. Tell me about the weather. Hey samuel Tell me about the news today. And it works exactly the same way and they will read everything in
Amazon Announce APL Widgets
"Keeping with some of the highlights from Amazon, a l e x, a live last week, I want to bring your attention a couple of the other features and will be doing this over the next week or so some of the interesting features. So this is something that we're going to be seeing more and more of going forward and this refers to a PL, widgets m, a p l stands for the like c a l e x, a present, a presentation language and what these widgets are. They are available to customers later on this year and it's a way for us customers or consumers to interact with content from the home screen of the echo devices. Obviously with screens so that means that we will be able to visit a widget gallery to find an ad widget to the favorites panel, on the home screen. And as of now, with developers can start to build these features into their skills wage So, look for that. It's going to be a great way. I think for us as consumers to discover other features about skills and other levels of functionality, that can be brought to the devices wage through the developers. So that's the APO widgets and that is something that Amazon just announced. I'm excited to see where this goes.
What's New With the Alexa Echo-System 2021
"I want to give you a little bit of an update on the status of the Lexi ecosystem. If you will, as you know it was recently a l e x a live. And as I mentioned previously in the flash briefing, I'm going to kind of do a deep dive into all the different things that were discussed and one of those is an update on all the different stats that Amazon put up with regards to Lexi and the way it goes. So, here we go. I'm going to run through some of the key stats for you. So currently, there are hundreds of millions of Lexi enabled devices out there and customers. That means you and I spoke with, with Lexy billions of times every week. There are now more than 900,000 developers, that are there that are registered developers, and there are more than a hundred thirty thousand off these skills. There are hundreds of built-in products. There are currently more than 140000 Smart Home Products that can be controlled with Lexi, customers have connected more than a hundred years. I'm more than a hundred million smart home devices to Lexi and they're continuing to connect and millions of new devices. Everyone, these numbers are staggering. That's why I'm kind of laughing here. The numbers off of customers that are engaging with skills is growing at 40% year-over-year and some of the strongest categories are music audio games. So it's interesting. I think that I'm engaging more and more with skills. And do you know, if you are to, I'll give you two more little stats here before I sign off today, Lexi's helping to generate billions of dollars for the developers and the device maker community. So it's has a big economic impact as well and the developer revenue from in skilled, purchasing has more than doubled year-over-year. Now, if you're not sure what in skilled purchasing is that wouldn't totally surprise me because it has not been available in Canada until now.
Alexa Live 2021 is Today
"Is a big day in a l e x, a world and Lexie world. It is I mean I don't know how many times gonna have to say the word. It is Lexi like 5 today, Wednesday, July 21st. It starts at 9 a.m. Pacific. I spoke about this a little bit of week ago. What is Lexi live? It is an interactive virtual event for Galaxy skillbuilders, Device, makers, startups, and Business Leaders. Eager to learn more about the future of ambient Computing and voice technology. This happens today, it goes on for a long hours. It's basically think of it as an online free conference all about Lexie learning how to optimize it, learning how to take advantage of the technology and just a lot of fun job specs to it as well. So if you are interested in Lexi and I'm assuming you are cuz you here listening to this. Definitely, definitely check this out. Just simply search Lexi. While use the real word, a l e x, a live. And and you'll find it and you'll find the registration button and you will be good to go. Remember it starts at 9. A.m. Pacific
Setting Monthly and Annual Reminders With Alexa
"Been diving into some more of the functionality of the Lexi app and in doing. So I actually discovered some more functionality of Lexi herself and with regards to reminders, you may know that you can set reminders by just simply saying that set a reminder for whatever. And then Lexie will ask you when you can actually set reminders now, for monthly and yearly recurring events. So for example, you could say Lexi remind me to pay my rent on the first of every month and she will do that, or you could say, Lexi remind me, my anniversary is wage. Fill in the blank, you know, on a yearly basis and she can do that as well. So, have some fun with reminders. I think it's a really, really great function and hopefully it'll help us to not forget as many of those crucial dates,
Share an Alexa Routine From a URL
"You know, we've been talking a little bit about routines and today I want to tell you a little bit how you can share routine. Let's say you come up with a really, really cool routine for your Echo device. And somebody says well how do you do that? You can actually share your routine. The way you do that is you go into your Lexi app, you click on the more icon routines off, click on the routine that you want to share. And then in the top right corner, going to see three vertical dots, you click on that and then you click on share routine. Now it's going to give you a little warning here. It's going to say you are about to create a link to share your 13 people. You share this link with will be able to see details of your routine and use it on their own account. So we do not recommend sharing routines with private information, makes sense to me. Click continue. And then you basically are going to get a link that you can now share. Like if you were sharing anything else on your phone, you can either text it, you can send it an email, you can. You can poem. On social media be like lots of different options there. So, there you go. If you've got some great routines, hey, Sharon,
Alexa Live 2021 Is Next Week
"Week from today is sure, here's your warning 1 week from today is Amazon's annual event called Lexie life. Actually it's a l e x, a live. But I do want to say the word here, it is happening Wednesday, July 21st, starting at 9 a.m. Pacific, what is it? It's an interactive virtual event for Lexi skillbuilders device, makers, startups, Business Leaders. And basically, anybody else that is eager to learn more about the future of ambient, lighting and voice technology. I can tell you. There are some great speakers, many of whom I have met personally and there are even some session tracks for skill, builders for industry Solutions off device makers. There is the full schedule online. If you just search, A l e x, a live twenty Twenty-One, you will find the full schedule and you can register there it is a free event and there are going to be a lot of new announcements about various things with regards to Lexi, obviously some features, etc, etc. I can't say a whole lot right now needless to say, you will not be disappointed. There's a lot of new stuff coming out so check out a l e x, a live Wednesday.
Set a Routine for Snoring on Alexa
"To get back to you are series here on routines that are based on sound detection. And we talked previously about the dog barking, sound detection and the baby crying sound detection. Let's talk about the snoring, sound detection. And I'm not going to confirm nor deny if that could be an issue in my house. Nevertheless, here's what the deal is routines. Again, allow Lexi to do various Things based on either command or a time, or now sound detection. So you go into your Alexa app, you click on the more icon in the bottom right corner, you click on routines and I click on the plus sign, and then you're going to enter routine name, once you've done that, you click on when this happens. And now you're going to see the sound detection, Baton Rouge there. You can see the snoring option and this will detect snoring sounds during a specified sound. So you click on that. And now you choose where you want to take the snoring, probably it's going to be in the bedroom but your name. So you click on bedroom or whatever you've named your smart device rooms, then you go into the sound detection, snoring settings, and you choose what days you want. This sound detection to be active for and then you click on an action. Now, this is where it gets interesting because you can decide what Lexie does. If Lexie hear somebody snoring and edit, it could be anything really anything that's on this list of routines. So things from what Lexie says to that'd be funny, actually, you could have Lexie say something to changing something on your calendar changing, device settings, setting alarms, you know, maybe waking you up. You could. I mean, there's so much your messaging, you could send a message to someone that smart home. It could maybe turn on light or turn off a light it goes on and on and on.
New Sound Detection Routines for Alexa
"A really cool one for you today. I have to give a huge shout-out to Sandtown, as she is known on, on Twitter, and if you're not following Sam trap, just look her up. She sent me a message, and I was not aware of this brand new, but you can now do sound detection routines. Now, he's a beta according to Amazon, but let me explain to you what this is, as you may know when you do routines, you can set up certain things to happen as a result of you saying something or Thursday on a particular schedule. And now there is a new type of trigger for the routines. When you go into your Alexa app and you click on the more button at the bottom and you click on then routines and you click on the plus button to add a new routine. You'll see that you have the option of clicking on when this happens. Now, when you do that, there is a new option. There, there is a sound wave. Action option and this is a Beta release at this point. It says, so in parentheses there, when you click on that, you are able to then setup, a particular routine of that will happen during a specified time frame or a range of times that will result in Lexi triggering something. If Lexie. Here's for example, a dog barking a baby crying snoring or coughing. And so what this allows you to do is now have some automation your home that if any of those sounds happening automatically something happened. So for example, if it hears the baby crying, you can have the lights turn on. If it hears, a dog barking, it could activate a camera or something like that. So there are lots and lots of different things that we can do now with this. So this is really, really exciting