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VUX World

Learn how to implement voice first strategy and create world-class voice experiences with VUX World. Every week, we speak to industry thought leaders and practitioners on the three core pillars of voice: strategy, design and development. We share the deep details of how they do what they do, so that you can do what you do, better. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.... Show More

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Magic happens when you take patterns and systems of nature and apply them to solve human problems.

✈️ Aeroplane wings are inspired by birds

🚗 Wet tyre treads have been inspired by the toe pads of tree frogs

💡 LED bulbs can be made more efficient by mimicking the scales on a Firefly’s abdomen

📸 Canon cameras imitate the structure of a moth’s eye to reduce lens flare

🚞 High speed trains in Japan were based ...

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Every voice assistant needs three core components: Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and Text-to-Speech (TTS). We've already covered what Automatic Speech Recognition is and how it works with Catherine Breslin and in this episode, we're covering the latter, text-to-speech.


To guide us through the ins and outs of TTS, we're joined by Niclas Bergström, a TTS veteran and co-founder of ...

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Music has been the top use case on smart speakers pretty much from the beginning. Having any song you like at your beckoning call makes playing music around the house easier than ever. And households that play music out loud are, apparently, happier households

It doesn't require too much thought, either. So, discoverability isn't as much of a challenge as with skills, actions and services. If you want to play some Michael ...

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Dustin and Kane are joined by Patricia Scanlon, CEO SoapBox Labs, to discuss how its specialist speech technology for kids is being used and scaled across the globe to help kids learn to read and more.


In this episode: voice tech for kids

Imagine being able to have your child read to an iPad and have it tell them how they’re doing. Whether they’re pronouncing the words right and encouraging them to improve.

Imagine, as a parent or tea...

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Deborah Harrison was the very first writer on the Cortana team and defined the personality of Microsoft's digital assistant that is used on over 400m surfaces globally.


In this talk, we chat to Deborah about the importance of personality and persona in conversational experiences, and the critical responsibility of ethical design.


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Voice search is growing. As smart speaker adoption increases and people use the voice assistants on their phones more and more, voice is playing an increasing role in more customer journeys.

But what's your share of voice? How often does your company 'rank' for the search terms you'd like to rank for?

Amazon and Google are tight-lipped about voice search volumes and don't offer any way of tracking voice search per...

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What is speech recognition and how does it work?

Automatics speech recognition (also known as ASR) is a suite of technology that takes audio signals containing speech, analysis it and converts it into text so that it can be read and understood by humans and machines. It's the technology that makes voice assistants like Amazon Alexa able to understand what a user says.

There's obviously a whole lot more to it that than, though...

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Voice shopping on Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers is a $2bn market today, and is forecast to explode. I've wrote about the potential of voice shopping for the Harvard Business Review last year, but things are starting to pick up.

According Amazon's Patrick Gauthier, 20% of Americans are ready for voice shopping now, and 39% of all Americans will complete some part of their purchase journey via voice by 2022.

And whi...

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Corona virus hits voice as Google removes coronavirus actions, Spotify looks like it's releasing a voice assistant and Jovo lets you build voice assistants everywhere.

Presented by Sparks

Sparks is a new podcast player app that lets you learn and retain knowledge while you listen.

The Sparks team are looking for people just like you: podcast listeners who're also innovative early adopters of new tech, to try the beta app and p...

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The Food Network aims to the be Peloton of cooking with live video broadcasting on Alexa. Director of Technology and Emerging Platforms at Discovery Inc., Tim McElreath, joins us to share how.


Presented by Sparks

Sparks is a new podcast player app that lets you learn and retain knowledge while you listen.

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Jon Bloom, Senior Conversation Designer at Google, joins us to share what a conversation designer does at Google, as well as some conversation design techniques used at Google, such as 'grounding strategies'. 


Presented by Sparks

Sparks is a new podcast player app that lets you learn and retain knowledge while you listen.

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Maaike Coppens returns to share how you can go from zero to hero in one voice design sprint. From nothing at the beginning to a a validated use case and prototype at the end, with fun in the middle. 


Presented by Readspeaker

Readspeaker is a pioneering voice technology company that provides lifelike Text to Speech (TTS) services.

Whether you're needing a TTS voice for your IVR system, voice application, automobile, robot, public s...

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VaynerMedia are one of the leading global digital agencies. Director of Innovation at VaynerSmart, Claire Mitchell, joins us to share how VaynerMedia approach voice, as well as sharing some insights on situational design and sound design.


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Ben McCulloch shares his take on why intonation and emotion is imperative in creating high quality and trust-building voice experiences.


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Readspeaker is a pioneering voice technology company that provides lifelike Text to Speech (TTS) services.

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We catch up with 4 Amazon Alexa Champions to discuss the then, now and future of the Alexa skills ecosystem and the voice first community.

Presented by Readspeaker

Readspeaker is a pioneering voice technology company that provides lifelike Text to Speech (TTS) services.

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February 3, 2020 13 min

Twilio is a magical tool, and Autopilot is its NLU platform that voice devs and designers need to check out. In this episode we're taking a look at what Autopilot is, what are its core concepts, and how it differs from other NLU services.


To get $10 free, use our referral link at www.twilio.com/referral/ZQRq9v


Music featured in this episode:

Blossoming by Sound of Music

Logjam by Sound of Music

Saunter by Sound of Music

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Adva Levin joins us to share why you should design personas for your voice apps, how you can create them, as well as how to work with voice acting talent.


Presented by Readspeaker

Readspeaker is a pioneering voice technology company that provides lifelike Text to Speech (TTS) services.

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January 6, 2020 50 min

Sarah Andrew Wilson, Chief Content Officer at Matchbox.io, shares the secret sauce for creating the kind of Alexa skills you can build a business on.

In this episode:

This week, we speak to Sarah about the Matchbox.io stable of skills and discuss:

  • What it’s like maintaining 18 Alexa skills
  • The Opearlo acquisition
  • Unique advice for people and companies just getting started
  • The 3-step Matchbox.io philosophy that runs through each of its Al...
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