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Voice X Design Sprint - Maaike Coppens
"On the line with Mica coppins and independent voice you X. Strategist and designer, and also the creator of the voice acts designed sprint. Based in Paris and France, just like me at Mike has adapted Google sprint method for voice design giving you a clip process go from idea the validated case to prototype. So you'RE GONNA learn all about collection of games and interactive exercises that form the voice ex design sprint. These are things that you can use in your own voice design sprints in the office even at home when you're building cutting edge voice APPS. So Mike Walker to the show. Thank you. Thank you call. That is the most magnificent introduction I've ever heard. My pleasure. Great to have you on the on the finally I know we've we've already met in person. You see you're in. You're in Taras even presented on stage at one point at together. Yes you did. We had the chance to talk about voice together at a sloppy witches of French you ex association was really interesting. We also did a voiceprint challenged right after that which is shortens learners voice exercises to give me a taste of what they can do in a very short amount of time. started. Yeah I remember that's fantastic. So you can definitely we can talk about as well as greater to join you on stage to give a presentation to the French crowd about voice Yes it was a great experience and let's go straight into the the design San. Maybe we could maybe you could give an outline of what the the Google Sprint was the main the core concepts though that come into these and how then the voice ex designs Bryn adopt style though the the unique elements of the the the voice focused presents. Yes of course. So the design sprint is a matter that was developed by J snap. while. He was at go. and. That is now majorly adopted as row a digital industry. To make better products foster signs, the pitch of all this of designers sprint, which is different from an agile sprints at the design. Sprint is really diving deep and focused during. Short amount of time what writers like or five days out with a multidisciplinary team, and you go from just a challenge, a problem to a prototype solution that was tested with users. Okay. That's that's the main contact. The real strength of the design sprint is the fact that you have everyone in the room or a very focused worked together. A short period of time. That allows you to align teams better to make savvy unreal progress and you have user input from the very beginning of when you start bling your product. Go to, yes. Very us a century focused exactly exactly and it also helps teams within companies aligned. So it's Good for companies and for end users, which is all like was everything I feel very passionate about. So perhaps. I can tell you about how the voice actor designs sprint came to be, which were also explained how it is different from regular design sprint. Yeah. Definitely. Go ahead. So. I started out consulting employs from the very very beginning that voice became a more. More of the things that say so in Lhasa believes definitely gaining popularity although voice has existed for. A lot longer than EGO. Are? Present And I saw a few problems I started consulting with companies star Knobs, and those problems were one. No one really had a clue of how much. Artificial intelligence could do or not do for voice applications that was like one challenge I soul the second challenge I saw his because. Some people knew other people did know. Everyone had different ideas at team alignment was very, very difficult around these new projects. One of by one of my clients actually one day said, hey, here's a pedia. You can feed it to the machine and he saw that conversation with just magically start. So because of that. Difficult team alignment, revenue voice technology not everyone had the same knowledge which was really a a gap that needed bridging. Not. Enough user input because it wasn't new technology was very often about getting the technical goal prototypes right So definitely user centrists also something I was of getting worried about. And so Because I wanted to make sure that these innovation products moved at the pace that they needed to move. For them to stay in alternative and not to be an officer saw. What everything had already happened I thought. Okay. Well, I need to be looking at the methodology. Dad Does these things that team alignment and speed And so the designs sprint nationally came to mind because that's exactly that that's what it says sold. Big Problems. In just five days that's seems beach of did sign sprint say yeah. Just how to look at the Google side and. The sprint book suggests that Yeah Five Day process for answering critical business questions through design prototyping and testing ideas with customers allows you to forward into the future to see your finished product and customer reactions before making any expensive commitments. That's the key point rights before you build a product or we spend a lot of money on it, you WanNa everyone in the room you want to get those those insights as quickly as possible.
"I want to tell you about a brand new project that I just launched on The Voice and two nights ago. And I'm so excited about this. I'll tell you first off that would actually want to catch the video. I post it on YouTube and you just search voices my OS and I'll explain that to you. But if you go to my YouTube channel, which you get to a l e x a and Canada. CSS YouTube and then Thursday is my OS you'll find it. Now. What is this? Well, I was thinking about ways that we can really feature everybody in the voice Community. Not just the voice losers that come on the show absolutely amazing to be able to talk to them. But I really want to feature everybody and as a community really push the industry forward as you know, I've been talking for quite some time about how voice is the next operating system. And how old is my operating system that is how I work I use my voice and so voice is your operating system and launching this social media campaign. Hashtag voice is my OS and what I am Is and featuring featuring anyone everybody that wants to be part of this if you go to voice is my OS you're going to see a sample of the whole bunch of Graphics all different colors with quotes from all different people and you'll have the opportunity to get a free personalized voice is my OS graphic basically hit a little button there on that site and you'll be taken to a Google phone number where you can put in your quote voice is my OS because and you fill in the blank, you'll see lots of examples on the site for me. It's voice my OS because voice is the most natural way. I know how to communicate off like that, but when I put in the quote and like I said you put in your quote you put in your name, I upload a picture of yourself and you get to choose the color of that graphic as well. There's like twenty different colors to choose and once you've entered everything the graphic will be generated for you and then you will get it emailed to you shortly thereafter. As soon as we have a chance to process them now these will be prom. On a first-come-first-serve basis, and I know I announced it on the voice and I had a whole bunch of people immediately submit the form to get a graphic and now I'm sharing with you Northern Voice as some of the first people to be able to to see this. So take advantage of it. If you want to have a personalized graphic done, then check it out. Just go to voice is my OS, and I look forward to reading senior quotes and creating the graphics for you. All right. Have
Blinds Controlled by Alexa?
"Comes from Willie a from the Facebook page the group if you'd like to join that group, by the way, go to a l e x a in Canada Community now Willie asks, you've always got two questions one is he's looking for a really good strong and secure home security system that works with Lexie and part two is he's looking for a blinds automation system that can be activated via Lexi. So I've got two products. These aren't the only ones for sure, but I got a recommendation for you Willy and for anybody else that's looking for similar products. As far as the home security goes the system that is going to be most integrated with life is going to be something that comes from Amazon. And as you may know Amazon purchased ring a little while back and they actually have a ring alarm system and you can choose different systems so you can get it off. As a 14 piece kit. So it comes with lots of sensors all the way down to a five-piece kit. You can get a doorbell kit. So it includes the ring doorbell lots of different kits. So, that would be one recommendation. As I said, there are some other ones as well, but not something that you can look at you can also choose it's optional to have 24/7 professional monitoring and then they charge you $15 a month for that if that's something that you want to look at. So there's that and then as far as the blinds go one of the less-expensive options that seems to be getting recently good news is the system from Ikea and so if you're going to be looking at the Ikea blinds, then you're going to need two things. You're going to need the The Hub basically what they call the boss. Here we go is my pronunciation of these Ikea pieces of Hardware The Dread free. It's about tradfri Gateway and that's on sale for twenty years. Dollars and that's basically the Hub of that allows you to then control the smart products that Ikea makes and you're going to control them through an app or through Lexi and then the actual blinds are in the office don't know how you pronounce s furter line f y r t u r and they come in different sizes, of
Alexa Commands: Echo Devices, Privacy Settings and Superheroes
"The day where we can cover some commands. So let's get right to it. I've got to probably more practical ones for you today. And then I've got one that is kind of kind of funny. So the two practical ones are first of all Lexi tell me about the new Echo devices because as I just recently mentioned yesterday, there was a big event this week. And if you say that Lexie can actually start to tell you about some of the new devices and then she could prompt you to go on with other commands. If you want to learn more about a specific device, and the other thing that you can say is Lexi review my privacy settings and she tells you an easy way to look at your privacy settings. And when you do that, she actually sends you a link directly to your Alexa app where you can have easy access to your privacy settings as well. So there you go. Those are two more practical things that you can say wage. And the other one which is actually pretty funny. I got a kick out of this when I liked it. It's cute. You can say this Lexie pretend to be a superhero and you can see what she says so long. Anyway, that's a fun one. So there you
Amazons Luna, new Echo and indoor flying drones: What you need to know
"Wouldn't these benchmarks ribbon has been all over this welcome band hey. So you spent the last forty, five minutes basically live tweeting in catching every bit of news. There's a lot to break down but let's get to what most people are familiar with the those are echoes speakers. Talk about the new Echo Speaker that looks a bit more globe ish or roundish yet it's a spherical design and Amazon definitely did a good job of keeping a lot of its hardware. CHANGES UPDATES quiet this year there were way more rumors last year, but this year the just you know there wasn't that much that we knew what to expect. We were hoping for maybe a home robot and that didn't really happen what I would argue about these spherical echoes is that people probably aren't GonNa WanNa bother updating their existing echo line with these products they you know unless unless the audio quality and the quality of Alexa, being able to understand you is so significantly better than it makes sense to do that Kabila stick with what they have except for the echo dots for kids which are ridiculously adorable in. are like you know there's like one that looks like a Tiger I. Think there's another one that looks like. Zebra. So I think they did a really good job of making them lot cuter in fetter for kids. Yeah. I noticed that that those are the the process of stuck out my eye because were so unbelievably adorable Annika see my kid like having a conversation with them that sound super. Precious. they did a lot with kids. They offered a kids profile talk about some of the kidnappings as relates to so that the family aspect of Amazon customers yeah. The kid's profile was probably the most significant one which basically. From what I understand about it if you create a kids profile then. You're echoes throughout the House will respond to your kid in kid friendlier kid appropriate fashions that something that you can already do with an echo doubt kids if you set it up that way, this way that feature could in theory follow the kid around the house. So you don't actually have to set up each device specifically for that, which is annoying for parents in case you want to. Listen to music that is in specifically or explicitly kid friendly so that that I would say it was like. One of the more significant amount announcements related to that, and I'm just curious if there were any other any extra privacy features that come with the kids mode. Just so folks don't have to be worried so for for the kids mode. They've they've done that quite a bit already where it's just much more targeted for kids So there are fewer services there are fewer skills You can't ask it a variety of different questions. So that it's much narrower, much more targeted for kids and it's been like that the whole time so. Just, basically, Alexa but much more curated version
Amazon Alexa Event 2020
"He there. Thank you so much. Those of you that tuned in yesterday for the voice and we had a blast and. I hope you had a great time as well. If you were there, if you weren't there, you can already savior for session six voiced end dot com, and also save your seat for the upcoming party as well. Same website voice dot com. Today's a big event for Amazon. If you remember approximately year ago, Amazon announced all of these really cool products the echo frames, the glasses with Lexi Bilton, the echo loop, the ring with Lexi Bilden, and a whole host of other features and products, etc. Well, today is the annual event for Amazon. Lexi for this year, and of course, as being held virtually this year and I am really excited I was actually A. Very fortunate I'm feel very humbled that I was given an invitation to attend this and I look forward to seeing all the new products and I can't wait to report them to you over the coming days as I have a chance to. Let all the different things sinking and think about how they are going to impact what we are doing so. Usually if history has shown us anything, it shows that Amazon is extremely busy behind the scenes and I would expect that we are going to see a whole bunch of new devices. My sense from right is that anything that theoretically could be a hero or a wearable is where Amazon is focusing and so. This is strictly, this is not based on any inside information. This is just my feeling. I would wonder if we're going to see other types of wearables have lexi Bilton maybe earrings maybe a necklace maybe a bracelet maybe a belt, those sorts of things that we wear on us and that will allow Lexi to be with us because he does not have a native phone Amazon doesn't make phones. So it's a way for them to get around that issue. Anyway. I'm excited for the event I'm going to enjoy that and I will make sure to report back to you very soon. Have a wonderful day.
New Alexa products may be shown off soon
"Heard apple we heard from Samsung. Now it's Amazon's turn Amazon stymied to have their event on Thursday September twenty four announcing a whole new slate of Alexa products I'm here with consider he runs the voice dot ai blog and weird and have some fun talking about what we might see. Now last year we had glasses. We had the ear buds. We had the fancy speaker that sounded better than any Alexa. Speaker ever sounded the studio. What do you think? What do you think we could possibly see this year. I think it's going to be light on hardware. Actually I. THINK WE'RE GONNA see a lot more applications and services this year it just seems like that's the way they're headed right now we're starting to see them call their portfolio a little bit I do expect to see an upgraded. Amazon Echo for example, because we're a couple years since that last updated So we might see that we might see an echo plus update and we could potentially see another round of updates to the smart displays because they've been updating those each year. but for the most part I, think the stories are GONNA be around. Is and features. Okay. Would you say the New Echo? That's the entry level basic of seventy, nine dollar. Speaker that started it all. That is the one and eight. When it started at all I think it was one, hundred, eighty, nine dollars when it first launched might have been one, hundred, ninety nine then they brought it down. So yeah, it should be somewhere between seventy nine and ninety nine dollars. It's not the echo dot, which is the one that people will see for twenty to thirty dollars when it's on sale but that is really the flagship of the of the portfolio and it's due for an upgrade. What could they do what they do to make it interesting To make it interesting. I'm not sure. I mean the the most recent one was actually quite good They could increase the audio quality a little bit more but then it's GonNa be in competition with Echo Studio, which was a device i. know you like a great deal last year I expect them to potentially have some do safeguards at a hardware level around privacy that would be something that could do with. Better Processing Power they might announce something with performance and speed. In fact, most likely they will I'm not sure that that will be specific to the device though probably more likely will be impact based on the cloud processing and ultimately the natural language understanding layer of the Alexa Service. Now, what I think they need to do is really put a lot of effort onto video and the echo show which. You know as we've moved to everything's online, every trade shows online every classes online all of our work is online. That Lil unit has been left out of the equation. We should just be saying Hey Alexa start my meeting and they did announced that there can be working with zoom on one of the units but I think they really need to put a lot of effort into putting video I what what's your thoughts? Yeah I I suspect that we're to see some services along those lines although you have to look at what Amazon has to bring to the table. So Zoom is a nice integration. It's it is available now and echo show not as tight is the integration as they have for the conference room they already had many people don't know this already had integration with zoom for conference room setting. That was Alexa for business, and what they're doing now is available for consumers because that's a new swing on the way things have changed recently, people need that at home more I'm interested to see what they do with the television. So I think that that's likely to be a more fruitful area for them to explore the use of video and the integration with Alexa. So bring zoom and Google or whatever whatever program into the into the fire TV edition. Yes. Okay, well, that sounds like fun. I have one of those in my living room and it sure would be a really convenient. Well if you think about it too like people are using these devices now. To talk to loved ones right and so we have an echo show and I, and I gave one to my parents first edition when it came out of him to my my brothers. So we can. We can all get together and we can have these one one calls with each other. They're Nice. But the ECHO show is like a small screen even the larger ones are small compared to the television and in it's not necessarily in a place where it's easy for everyone to sit around the television. Is actually much better setup for that. If you'RE GONNA do family to family calling and I. Hope that will allow you to be able to do a multi-party calling for that as well. So zoom allows multi-party calling very useful feature for people during the pandemic they WANNA get get together with people. They can't see echo show is one to one right now, and so if they could do multi-party off of that, that would be a big step up if they can do it through the TV even better.
Amazon Hiring 100 000 People
"If we need more proof of how well Amazon is doing during this global pandemic, get this Amazon has recently said they've announced they posted. That they are looking to hire an additional one, hundred, thousand people across Canada and the US. If that doesn't say that they're doing well, then I don't know what does now interestingly, of course out of those jobs, there are all these huge number of those that are specifically geared towards Lexi. In fact, there are over eleven hundred jobs have to do with Lexi. I'll just run through a few these categories because if you're looking for a job and you've got some of those. Skills that would be helpful to Amazon. Then you may find a really great job here there's a hundred and eleven jobs related to Lexi. Ai Forty, six related to Lexi a engineering eighteen lexi auto twenty nine for Lexi Communications fifty-six for Lexi data services fifty six for Lexi data and developer technologies. Forty eight for lexi entertainment thirty four for lexi experience seventy seven for experiences and devices sixteen for Household Organization fifty five for Lexi information thirty, four for lexi international forty three for lexi mobile interesting now. Twenty Alexi. Search one, hundred, eighty, nine for lexi shopping. Shows you props where there's some priority being placed by Amazon forty-three for the Alexi skills team almost fifty five for the Alexi Smart. Home. Three. For the Alexi lexi smart home cameras eighty six for Lexi speech and finally forty one for lexi voice services who so if you are interested in any of those areas, then you might want to check out the website. You would go to Amazon dot jobs and you can check out all of their listings there what I plan to do over the next little while is take a little bit of a deep dive into the jobs that are specifically available in Canada. Because that's interesting about dot perspective but also I'm curious to see if this will give us a hint as to which features Amazon is more likely to be bringing to Canada sooner rather than later if they're putting priority on
More Vehicles to include Amazon Alexa
"It seems like everybody is getting on the Lexi Slash Car bandwagon because I. came across two more articles today that I just wanted to share with you The first one is with regards to Toyota and Toyota says that for their twenty twenty one models and some of their twenty twenty models, they are including the option for consumers to be able to use Amazon Lexi. Alias say in their cars additionally, there's another article that came out that says that the a Lexus LX five seventy, the twenty, twenty, one model that goes on sale in Canada. Also is going to be able to be used with Lexi on board. So what does this say? It says that well, Everybody's getting on the bandwagon. So to speak, and if you are interested in voice technology chances are you are if you're listening to this flash briefing? And you are in the market for a new car. More likely than not. Now, if you're looking at a newer vehicle, you're going to have an option of having a voice assistant built in which I think is pretty cool. So if the particular system is important to you LEXI versus Google Assistant, then obviously have a look at those options and. I think it's great for everybody GonNa make driving a little more safe when we can do by voice as opposed to. Trying to fumble their phones. that.
Speech Processing for Disease - Dr Ami Moyal, President, Afeka Tel Aviv College of Engineering
"Center for Language Processing Quick Example was founded by eleven years ago after I spent fifteen years in the high tech industry as a research engineer vice-president technology, and CEO. Since then the centre has grown to be the largest research. Sentiment is bound helpless on Applied Research Field With project completed for the defense industry high companies, the medical field and more. Most recently, the language processing has been researching the use of speech processing, not sufficient diligence algorithms for providing a quicken, readily available three diagnostic assessment of Covid, nineteen infection we belden need for human intervention. When it comes to a rapidly spreading virus such as covid nineteen with millions of potential carriers Goud the global population. It is essential die identified like carry-ons virus at the early stages confection in order to private as testing efforts and break the chain of mission while it's great to hear there's just so much going on in Israel in the in the research failed, and specifically around language processing, you guys are really applying it to one of the most worthy and needed causes at the moment, the pre diagnosis of covid nineteen. Completely, understand the need to prioritize testing efforts. Tests are in short supply so you really do have to get to the right people i. I'm rendered. There was some talk around whether it was possible to use voice for the diagnosis of Kavita. This is a couple of months ago. Remember I'm on the on the what's that groups and things? I'm part of people were skeptical that it was actually possible. So tell us. Is it actually possible to use voice files, voice recording speech even coughs and non? Verbal. nonverbal recordings of of a human voice to be able to diagnose covid nineteen. That is precisely what our current research is into. After consulting with physicians specializing oratory disease and ear nose and throat, as well as with doctors conflict within coronavirus patients, we learned that among the earliest symptoms. So covid nineteen. Vocal the. And throat infection. These affect human localization patterns. We are modeling samples of speech coughing and breathing from both symptomatic and Azima the night to carry us to compare with models taken from healthy subjects. AUTOMO-. We are also modeling vocalisations subject the tested negative for covid nineteen yet are exhibiting similar symptoms shot such as those infected by the common flu. DC will a loaded the commodity who differentiate between someone who is likely a carrier and someone? Well. That makes perfect sense I mean obviously someone who is infected and is showing symptoms is going to sound different to someone who is isn't so I completely understand how you can train these machine learning models to recognize the difference I'm fascinated by the ability to be able to distinguish between different diseases though because I would imagine the you know if you have one type of disease or another, the reaction of your body would largely be the same the produce flam in the lungs which would come up in a fatal throw in different ways I'll be really really interested to know what the difference is. In how that sounds depending on the on which disease that you have
Voice and Podcasts with the Dynamic Duo: Kane Simms and Dustin Coates
"So background if you go back far enough used to. Say I to produce music. But the reality is I was a kid in my bedroom, filling around samples and make some Junes and writing lyrics. So they used think the funds myself as a bit of a wrapper. and. If you look back at some podcast episodes. Complete row. I think a little bit rusty other minute. Did do one for Frank Schneider of speakeasy. and. So He's Best I'LL PHILADELPHIA. So when we introduced him on the podcast did version of the fresh prince of bel-air theme tune with Franck Schneider. So they going to know So of caught a long relationship with audio and woods essentially audio together and important words into it ended up realizing the making music it is not easy to make money from. And etc. Went throughout my career ended up in marketing agencies ended up in user experience design. Consultancy Service designed eventually managing digital service transmission teams and then out freelance writing on the side as also had kept up the right and stuff, and then all of a sudden not come across. I think it was an adver around the launch of Alexa in the UK. Fiddle around with Siri, but it was reuben time in submitting bothered with it. But I see in this advert for Alexa launched in the UK and I was thinking lot seems crazy that I didn't know anything about I. Didn't know you could build for. I. Didn't know that you create anything for it. I didn't have a clue about and just thought when I see now thought wouldn't it be good if you could create something for much and if you could actually design like an old your based conversation, best experience that people could have with this thing and immediately I thought that sounds fantastic and Few monthly God device etc Pierre Around it and I thought to myself I. Think. It'd be good to try and learn really well how these things were technology is what hangs together how the build Sephora and then similar justin really start thinking about how we do that and I thought one of the best ways to learn about an audio I medium will be to create an audio I kind of piece of content, and if I'm going to learn about then a ms well share that with everyone else who might want to learn about it and so that was how the world was the podcast was born. The demand demand name in two thousand, seventeen couldn't find anybody to interview for any kind of cost couldn't come across anyone all just maybe I wasn't right using the the pro search phrases because I didn't i. Didn't quite come across y'all content that's I'm and then eventually in November of twenty seventeen. I realize that the voice book podcasters around and this week in voice podcast was around those thinking what the Hell's going on like I had this idea months ago. What's in a thought? Well, lots of evidence basically the the something that there must be something that most people are confined to speak to that was in the US, convinced that it was going to come to Europe and so that's what was not doing not like research in China in touch with trying to meet people's to flat out recorded a couple of the episodes over Christmas. The first episode might even still be on Youtube. It said, I've got my garland hanging on the the fireplace damning. And then was just about to launch I. Think Miami might have even put one episode out on immediately someone commented on twitter and said, Hey, you know that was really good. But what would be really interesting would be if there was some kind of person around the hard technical knowledge someone that could cause for me I'm astrologist in the design and always been the design of always gaping on the condor like the creative end, the Kinda strategic, figuring out what it is, we should be doing and then managing the team that kind of goes ahead and does it all during the design myself and stuff and then I. It was the on Conan I. Think he said, are you going to get into any technical content? Is that I love to I don't really have the technical background myself. Exactly. That's right. That's exactly that was young. Yeah, and then you've sent a tweet us in. You responded I think it was it was a tweet or you direct message right now I think it was on I think it was a tweet i. Very very rarely on twitter. So if you look at our different social media's canes, the Social Media Social Butterfly me, I can take it or leave it but I just happened to be there is a one day voice conference at Paris a day just happened to be on twitter following along and I saw that and I think I replied I was like Hey let's try I. do it yeah. I don't think literally within the space of. Our can probably seven days later, we recorded an episode episode four or five or something. And that was the beginning we did. We've done ever since and we've kind of as I said, the first six months foucault was doing the podcast and then we got speaking engagements and hosting conferences and events to flat now, and then twenty nineteen start getting involved in workshops training consultancy. We picked up Kanda design development projects, and still like out and then yeah, it's been more of the same of US insights Crazy. So Sir Tippety. Dustin winter. saw. Replied in a super successful podcasting percocet came out of that. People don't realize it took US two years I think two years right canes actually meet in person it wasn't until two last summer I happen to the giving a talk in London and came down. So there's the you X. Trivia for you. To Gain Dustin podcast together to. Not, each. Other. Exactly. Not just poke. We've been working together. You know it's like it's crazy how you know how I don't think we understand people don't really I. Think we take for granted the Internet basically is trying to say you don't realize the power that the house you know imagine being able to create a company with someone who you've never actually met in. Real life and work together, and you know build up that kind of relationship over two years without even an oxygen meeting is i. think is absolutely unbelievable. Crazy. It is amazing. You might think of this time of turn cove. It is all of a sudden working remotely I think more and more that's going to happen right where people are getting super comfortable. Where come outlay you were working with someone in completely different areas will be different times on different countries. All works. Great. So I see that little bit we kind of accelerated the future of work. Unfortunate events that that happened to us.
New Blink Cameras on Sale
"Today I wanna, tell you about a new product that Amazon is launching that. Of course works with Lexi. If you're listening to the flash briefing yesterday, we talked a little bit about the deal on the ring doorbell. Now, here is the new product they are announcing that they are pre releasing or at least you're able to pre order right now, the new blink cameras. So what are the blink cameras? Well, there is an indoor version, an outdoor version, and they allow you to keep an eye on what's going on either inside or outside your home. Just, you know the pricing of these one camera for the indoor camera is ninety, nine, ninety nine, and if you buy more than one at a time, you get a discount. So you have those options and then when it comes to the outdoor version, the outdoor versions are a one, twenty, nine, ninety, nine for one, and again, if you get a two camera kit goes up but you get a discount on buying multiple cameras at a time. So pretty cool. They allow you to control the the camera with an APSE. You can see different areas of your home where you have it set up you can also choose to a gray out certain areas. If you haven't that you want to keep private the outer version obviously is rainproof or weather resistant. So that's really good and the battery life is rated at approximately two years. So that's pretty good as well. They are high resolution cameras ten eighty P. And of course, they work with Lexi. So for example, if you've got one set up in your living room and you're out and you wonder what's going on in your living room you can just lexi Hey Alexia. What is happening living room and similar commands of course for outside Cetera. So there you go. If you want to use my link, you just go to Al.. In Canada dot ca slash blink and if you want to specify which one you can either say blink indoor or blink outdoor and that will take you directly to those pages.
Ring Pro and Echo Show 5 on Sale
"Hey, there Terry Fisher here and today I. WanNa Tell You about another Labor Day sale that is on at least at the time of this recording. So I can't as usual guarantee how long this sale will be on for but I wanNA tell you about it and it is this the ring pro doorbell. You've been looking to get a ring pro, which is the top of the line doorbell that Amazon makes, and of course, it works with Lexi then you may want to jump on this deal the. Price for this particular doorbell is three hundred dollars case it's not cheap for sure. It is now on sale seventy dollars off or twenty, three percent off for two thirty. Now, here's the kicker you can also by clicking on the appropriate on the page, get them to throw in an echo show five for free. So now for two hundred and thirty dollars, you're getting the the ring pro video doorbell and echo show a five, and so normally the two of those together or just under four hundred dollars and you can get those for two thirty. So that's one hundred and sixty nine dollars offer forty, two percent off. So if you're looking for an echo show five and a ring pro doorbell. then. This may be the deal that you want to jump on just a little bit about the ring pro so it's got. High definition display. So it's compatible with ten eighty P camera. That's where it's. It's hard wired to keep that in mind if you if you're going to store it in your door. You need to have the power supply coming from the home itself hardwired. So it doesn't work on batteries. You can choose the face plate, which is kind of interesting so you can get it to match. Your home finishings, which is pretty cool and It's got all the advanced. detection features advanced motion detection and so
How To Promote Your Alexa Skill With Quick Links
"A quick link for your Alexa Skill. Now much has been made of this topic recently among Alexa skilled developers. Everyone's very very very excited about it, and the reason they're excited about it is because Alexa. Skills historically have not been that easy to discover or to launch you and Bradley and Mike and Taran and Daniel. All mentioned quick links I. Think you're the perfect person asked question to what our quick links and have you used or implemented them yet. And if you haven't no no judgment here because they just came out like two weeks ago, I haven't used quick links yet but I am prepping to do. So at the next approval, we're launching something in the next week I'm watching this film the next week once that's approved in live, we do plan on using it on in our marketing. Basically, the quick link is Amazon's created this ability for you to share link that will allow someone to automatically go ahead in able that skill and either jumped straight to a task or go ahead and have your Alexa able device to just go straight to that skill. I believe it came from an announcement at Alexa live a couple of weeks ago and people just really really excited about these quick links. you know it's a way to get to Kinda help discover ability and share ability And so so anything you can share with us on the quick links each year we've got some developers that are listening right now who who have been talking about it earlier today. Yeah. You could share be off. So give the quick rundown on quick links. The base idea is that it's It's something a link basically that you can embed into your website that will allow user to. Start Your skill on one other devices. You can also do it like a notification. So maybe the user clicks out there like I want to do this later or maybe they're not home right they can do as the notification and when they get home, they're going to have that yellow ring glowing on their device and they can say what are my notifications and it's going to be like Oh you have a quick link do you want open it and if you say, yes, then boom it kicks you right into the skill the same way. So it's a way to kind of like open a skill later and so Amazon has. Released the quick links feature to make it easier for developers and businesses essentially market and bring awareness to their Alexa skill. Now, this is what a quick link looks like This is a quick link I created for a skill that I built called Carmen Johnston Gardens. Alexa Launch Carmen Johnston Gardens is one way of enabling skill. Now, this quick link up here I created and it Allows me to essentially use this link I can embed it in an email signature in email blast the social media posts wherever I want, and then when the user is logged into their Amazon Alexa Account, they will see the screen either on their mobile device or on their desktop device. When they click this link, the other cool thing about it is you can send a notification to your Alexa device and I'm GonNa try this right. Now I'm going to click send the notification and then I'm going to go ahead and actually show you what this looks like on my screen On. My Alexa enabled. You can see here. I got a notification on both of my devices. seats. As earlier you wanted to try the skill, Carmen, Johnston Gardens, and then you see this yellow ribbon over here on my device. On the one without a screen, the old echo dot there. That's pretty cool and then you can see chickeny any of your Alexa devices for notification. When you see a yellow ring to say Alexa, what's my notification near your device? WanNa try it now to say Alexa launch are open Carmen Johnston Gardens to show you how to make the quick link. Super Easy. All you do is basically take this. Lake grade here. This is the quick links syntax. And you copy the syntax. And then you replace. Can pasted into a browser window. And then you go into your Alexa developer console over here. And In Your Alexa developer console, you can get the skill ID. So. If I wanted to do one for wealthy nutrition I can copy the skill I D-. I can replace it. And I can copy this. Url. Pasted over into a new browser window. Again, as a marketer, I can put the Senate social media posts that can put this. In an email marketing blast however, I wanNA promote my skill. and. It'll populate the same thing for the wealthy nutrition skill in this case. And you'll see that. You can try it now by putting it on the third ECHO DOT in my case or on the echo show. Let me just go ahead. I I did send a notification earlier. Let me just go ahead and. Do It on the show right now. Ready to try the steal graph nutrition. Yes. Here's the skill wealthy nutrition launched on the web or mobile divides. Wealthy nutrition. Are you currently taking any wealthy products if you are say current products if not seen learn more. Learn more. Would you like us to tell you more about wealthy or take a quiz to find out the best products for you? Alexa. What am I noticed? One new notification from Alexis skills earlier you said, you wanted to try the skill Carmen Johnston Gardens. Ready to try now. Yes. Hi, I'm Carmen I'd love to help garden and entertain get started by saying home and garden holidays. Recipes, or follower favorites. So, that works like a charm and you can see how that makes things a lot easier for skill developers in businesses in marketers to bring awareness to their Alexa skill drive more adoption. This is a game changer. I hope this really helps you guys Prima Voice Design
What's with the Dot on the Display?
"Got another tip for those of you with the echo dot with clock. Again, we had little a theme here. Going along but this is a great one. If you've set a timer on your device and you've ever noticed a little dot in the upper right corner of the display and you're wondering what that means. Well, let me explain to you a little bit how these timers work on the dot with clock and in terms of the display and what you're seeing. So first of all, if you set a timer for any number of minutes under. An hour then it will show the timer countdown. However, if you have a timer that exceeds one hour, then you will see a little dot in the top right corner and then the countdown display will start. Once the timer hits fifty nine minutes. So it just displays that essentially last hour of the timer, and otherwise the dot is there to let you know that there is a timer in effect. And just see no. If you have multiple timers, you're going to see on the display at least the time of the has the least amount of time left which makes sense. Okay. So if you've been wondering what that little dot is in the top right corner, that is what it is. Okay.
How to Change Temperature Units on Alexa
"Question today is, how do you change the temperature units from Fahrenheit to Celsius and it's actually really easy to do that. Again, you go into your Lexi APP, you open the once you open the APP, you click on devices. So one of the icons on the bottom of the screen then you're going to select the particular device that you want. Once you've selected that device. Then you're going to click on measurement units you'll scroll down your measurement units and once you've done then then it's really simple then you select your preferred temperature units and you're all set and you're good to go and from then on Lexi will announce your temperature in Celsius instead of
Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam with Alexa
"Hello Hello. How you doing Terry here today I wanNA tell you about a new product that has just been announced that of course has lexi built in. If you have a dash cams are interested in looking at getting a camera for your car there's a brand new one and like I said, it has Lexi in this is by next base and they just announced a high-performance. The model is g sorry a six to to G. W. Dash Cam and it's now available exclusively at best buy in the US and in Canada, and so what are some of the features that this thing has? Well, it's gotten intelligent parking mode. It's got an incident awareness four K. quality front and rear facing camera compatibility nine, one one SOS alert capabilities, and it's got a touchscreen. Faster video transfers, Bluetooth connectivity, and of course, it's got lexi voice control. So presumably, you're able to control a lot of these features just by using your voice when it comes to something in the car I think this is a perfect use case for this type of device. Because well, we want to be focused on the road. We don't want to be using our hands. This is not cheap that much. Apparently, it's being sold for four, ninety, nine, ninety, nine at best buy five, hundred bucks. But if you're looking for a top of the line Dash Cam for your car with Lexi Bilton, this may just be what you're looking for. So check it out. It is again the next base sixty two GW Dash Cam
Amazon Halo Band Can Detect Emotion
"I have a very interesting story to share with you again today. Now, it's not directly related with Lexi to be perfectly honest but I think it's another hint of what Amazon Doing Amazon is doing and how Lexie's going to become embedded in our smart devices. Amazon just announced that they have released a new. Health tracking device called the halo, band and it's basically. From what I can tell a competitive device to things like the fit bit. So what does the Halo do? Well first of all, it's there is no face there's no screen on it. It's a device that you wear and everything is underneath the band. So you've got the that's checking your pulse, for example, and here's some of the things the device can do. It includes three body scans for body fat and so on and includes a tracker it can track your physical activity but here's the really interesting part with voice technology it can track your mood and it can use. Voice tone detection to analyze emotion. Now, I have to believe that a next generation of this device or alternately a next generation. lexi device is going to incorporate this technology where the way you speak can actually the analyzed and your emotion can be. Told from the way you are speaking. At the demos of this Halo Band when you? Tells you brief cast dot fm are you feeling sad and so on and my sense is that this is a way for Amazon to try this out, and then somehow lexi voice technology makes sense is going to be incorporated with a way to detect emotion either through this device itself or through Lexi. I would love to hear your comments on this hit me up on twitter Dr Terry, Fisher Dart, E. R. I F. I. S. H. E. R.. How do you feel about that about lexi potentially being able to understand how you are emotionally feeling at any particular time very
Jimmy Fallon on Alexa.mp3
"To tell you a little thing that you can say to. Lexi just to have a little bit of fun. If you are a Jimmy Fallon Fan, you're gonNA like this. You can actually say to Lexi tell me a Jimmy Fallon joke and she will only the joke but she will actually introduce you to Jimmy Fallon who is going to tell the joke in his voice. You will hear, Jimmy, telling you some jokes and you can do this a number of times as well and it's a lot of fun. Some of the jokes are Okay we will say. Some. Better than others.
The Interactive Web with Speak2Web & Outgrow
"A really interesting because we both got. Similar kind of products, but quite distinct differences as well. so that'd be fantastic tiny the show to talk about this general topic of website marketing through conversation interaction making websites interactive. So maybe we could start with to Jason, can you give us a brief Intro to company does? Who's full topic clients? He says I now what the typical problems you help themselves. Yes, absolutely. So Carl, when we had formed speak to Ab we initially thought you know this is a great piece of marketing technology for websites. But what we've also learned is that it's very powerful tool to combat accessibility compliance lawsuits. So speak to delivers voice tech solutions for websites and we want to help clients become accessibility compliant while optimizing the customer experience for everyone. Interested. That was a straightaway and that something I didn't expect accessibility losses. The company left field. So it's not really one of the major features of the product that was the reason behind the. Size I use case that you've discovered is really helpful to your clients having built the solution. That's something. That we initially had ideas around but if really. Discovered in the more recent months especially following. A major case recently where Domino's pizza. Took a case all the way up to the Supreme Court in the case Robles versus Domino's Mr. is a blind man unable to order a pizza on their website or mobile APP and. A conversational voice assistant would have. Enabled him to use their website or their mobile APP. In a very similar way to if he had just called the store and made the website accessible to him. Okay right. So it's becoming a need. It's not just a nice to have friends. Maybe you could describe what to does on the nuts and bolts level then sounds like it's a plug in for a website or it can be integrated directly I would allow. Has just to do. Yes. So besides the. Accessibility compliance factor. We're helping people to deploy agents that act as personal shopping assistance concierges, and even tech support agents that reduce the level of tier one tier two requests that support teams historically had to read through and respond to you. So the problems were solving our you know optimizing customer experience increasing revenue and help businesses to reduce costs, and we're doing this for any scale of business in a whether it's a simple just adding voice search or delivering those conversational virtual agents that are even integrated into their technology stack. We have something that any size business can deploy afford. Very interesting yeah. It sounds like you've got a number of different use cases the you'll solving that it'd be great to dig into some of those in a moment. Do you have a case study that you can just briefly mention? Is there a particular company will just a type of company that you typically help? Yes absolutely. So in terms of dropping names, all of our corporate clients have strict policies, corporate policies of in nondisclosure by Swertz really looking at on the high end, the e commerce businesses to deliver voice shopping and customer support agents that. People can use to place orders to get answers to you their order in product questions and help those companies, increased sales and lower the cost of support. Optimizing customer experience by delivering people, instant answers and faster time to discovery.
Alexa Working in Amazon Fresh Store
"Got a new story for you that I think is really interesting. Unfortunately, this is only available in United States, and in fact, it's only able in Los Angeles as far as I know but I thought it's a really interesting story because it gives us a little bit of insight into what Amazon specifically, what Lexi is to be doing for us in the future. So here's the story Amazon recently, just launched a new grocery store called the fresh grocery store with Smart Shopping Carts and Lexi guides. So this is really interesting because now You can go shopping in this grocery store. and. You can speak with Lexi. There are different stations spaced out around the store where you can speak to Lexi, and basically Lexi is now the person that you asked of when you have questions about, where can I find the hot sauce where you know what I'll is this product in, and this is now making Lexi our shopping assistance. So this is very, very interesting. So anyway this like I said, unfortunately, this is Canada. Yet but it does give us a clear direction of where things are going and remember whole foods, which isn't Canada is now owned by Amazon and has been by on for a couple of years now. So you gotta think that this is all part of their plan. So anyway, interesting story, but you might be interested to hear
24 Hour Clock on the Echo Dot with Clock
"Today I've got another tip for you particularly for those with an echo dot with a clock gave it to be yesterday. So they're going to be a little bit theme here, but this is all about how you changed the time displays. So if you don't like the a twelve hour clock and rather have twenty four hour clock, this is how you can change again it's pretty simple. You go to your Lexi App you click on devices then you click on echo and I don't say the word alien say Or you can go to all devices. Then you select your echo dot with clock device, see find that particular device all this just get you to device. Once you find that device, you can open those device settings and then under general, you can select led display. Once you've done that you will see the option of turning on or off the twenty four hour clock and that's pretty simple. So that way you get a little more control over what you're display looks like if you know how to control the the the brightness of the display, then go back to the voice and candidates. Voice in Canada. DOT CA website and listen to yesterday's flash briefing and explain exactly how to do that as
Adaptive Brightness on the Echo Dot with Clock
"I want. To give you a really practical tip particularly, if you own the echo dot with clock and if you're wondering, how can you change the brightness of that display on the on the clock? Here's how you do it. Okay. This feature is called adaptive brightness and it changes the brightness automatically based on the ambient light in the room. However, if you choose, you can change the brightness manually and the way you do that is you go into the LEXI. APP. Okay. You select devices. Then select display, and then you can turn the adapted bright the objective brightness feature on or off, or you can drag the sliders to change the level of the brightness and that's how you do it. So if you find, it's way too bright. If you find his way to dim, you have control over that and that is how you do
Zoom Coming to Echo Show
"Interesting piece of news that has come across the Internet recently, and with all of us at home doing zoom calls get this. There's a partnership that is in the works between zoom and Amazon to allow zoom video calls to take place on the the Equa devices with a screen. So the echo show of the various different sizes. So if you are using zoom a lot for whatever you're doing I, know I am then really interesting because you can have your echo in front of you and you'll be able to. Access. Your calls right there. Now, this isn't available quite yet. They are saying sometime in the fall from what I've read but again, there's no absolute guarantee there. So I will definitely keep you updated on that.
Jeanine Heck VP of AI Products at Comcast
"Maybe you can tell the audience just a little bit about comcast. So they can understand what you are as a is a media business I operate. Yes and so we say that we said at the intersection of Technology and media You know we've been a technology company for many years just kind of not your typical one we were known as, Cable Company and in the past. Ten or fifteen years really also rounded out our business with a lot of content. So we're also a media company and we're also global company were known for our business in the US, but we most recently bought sky, and so we have cable and satellite offerings now in Europe as well and with our NBC acquisition back in two dozen eleven. We really I think made made ourselves into a huge media company and we have a lot to offer there, and then you know you kind of get the best of both worlds when you have the distribution, end the media all under one house. So we have a really nice portfolio of products content. Right content and distribution not a lot of people have those together they tend to specialize. But you seem to have made a work. Yeah It's. It's great. I mean we get to do a lot of exciting things to really get great content out there we had to postpone the Olympics, but that's usually one of our most exciting times that would be universally Yeah and just being able to broadcast the Olympics in a very high quality way. But also bring that to xfinity customers with some of our products on x one and the voice remote is you really see it all come together and brought to life in an event like that. Excellent. So Should we expect the voice remote extremely voice remote? At some point in the future. Well. Actually, it's already there. At Sky. You know you may not feel the difference if you're a sky customer but the technology powering the boys, her motives, actually all of the same technology we use at comcast. we launched. Last year. I got. Aren't they did rewards and so it's all the same thing in the back end. Excellent. So why don't we start with this this at the beginning of where you were with us because I think a lot of people be interested in the journey that you took sort of building your own specialty. Assistant. Custom Assistant Oblivious starting back in twenty eleven as you said, and so how did that play a maybe you could start with the idea. What was the objective? What did you decide at that time that said, hey, we should investments. Well. You. Know we had invested quite a bit in search and even metadata a before that point and when Siri came along, you know everybody was talking about voice and it was sorta. Voices going mainstream when Siri got launched and so had US looking a little bit more seriously at the capability. Could. We bring voice to xfinity customers and we had a lot of the expertise on our team already you when you're building a search engine, you have an all P experts and you have a lot of the capabilities they're. So we started tinkering with the and really quickly we saw that it was a very useful solution. And it just a lot of momentum within the first year by by the end of the first year, we were already building a remote you know we're. We designed a remote and we started marching towards that but we also in that first year, we launched an APP. So. Once we knew we had something good. We put it out there on an Iowa APP and it was beazely a remote replacement APP. Called X one remote. And you could go in there and tap the Mike and say a voice command. And we got really nice usage on the little APP. Without a ton of marketing really just you know organically grew our user base. And we kept working toge- really accurate you know looking at that data and trying to figure out where we needed to improve. We just kept iterating, and then in twenty fifteen were ready to launch are remote, and we went out with a really big launch and twenty fifteen every new remote that we put out there was a voice. and. So we had in our first year we had a few million our up to tens of millions of remotes. and. It was the power of having that APP out there and really being able to tune the accuracy that was a great gift to us because when we launched the remote, we already knew what people are GonNa say or we had a really good idea and we had tuned our algorithms. We'd made the more sophisticated in that time as