January 22, 2018

Future of Storytelling

Last week I attended The Alexa Conference, an independent event sponsored by Score Publishing. I offered a presentation on the future of storytelling. Specifically, I spoke about the new opportunities that interactive voice technologies offer to both authors and readers. The term “reader” may soon need to be replaced. If you think about it, the act of reading is a fairly recent phenomenon in the […]
December 19, 2017

Alexa Says “Good Grief!!”

Alexa has some awesome new expressions. Alexa can say funny things such as “oh boy,’ “good grief,” and “aw man!” We’ve been busy re-tooling our Hutch stories and the Tricky Genie scenarios so they take advantage of Alexa’s amusing expressions. Amazon calls these new elements speechcons and they make a great addition to the type of kids’ stories that we offer with our two popular […]
December 1, 2017

Alexa Podcast Episode 7

This week I had the good fortune to appear on Episode 7 of the Alexa Podcast, hosted by Bradley Metrock of Score Publishing.  Bradley stays busy recording several different podcasts each month on his VoiceFirst.FM platform and I’m an avid listener of them all. In Episode 7 I talk with Bradley and co-host Kevin Old about our vision for interactive storytelling on voice assistant platforms. […]
November 29, 2017

Fake History – Gateway to Learning

History is filled with fascinating people and events. Our latest interactive story game is called Fake History. Despite the name, the game’s intent isn’t to spread fake news or false historical facts. Instead the game tests your knowledge of real historical events. The challenge comes from having to choose between three history books, all of which seem to contain a plausible story. But only one […]
November 7, 2017

Our Kid-Friendly Voice Apps on Google Assistant

Google recently rolled out a bevy of new kid-focused voice apps on the Google Assistant platform. Google refers to these apps as family friendly and they are integrated with the new parental consent and controls of Family Link. Tellables partnered with Google on their family friendly voice apps launch by making both of our popular kid’s apps–Tricky Genie and Story Champ (Listening Comprehension Practice)–available for […]
October 26, 2017

We’re Featured!

Yesterday we were featured in a case study on Amazon’s Alexa Developers Blog. A few weeks ago, Martha Kang of Amazon reached out to us to ask if we’d be willing to share some insights on creating engaging voice apps for kids. Of course we said yes! We really enjoyed working with the Amazon team and answering all of their questions. Hopefully some of the […]
October 24, 2017

Fresh October Stories

We’ve been busily adding new content to our story skills this month. Here’s a quick sample of some of the new stories and game scenarios you can discover. Tricky Genie For Tricky Genie fans, a brother and sister wake up to a wonderful surprise: snow and a day off from school! They can’t wait to get sledding while the hillside is still icy. But (wouldn’t […]
October 9, 2017

Parental Consent for Voice Apps

Our mission at Tellables is the creation of engaging interactive voice applications. One of our focus areas is the design of fun and educational experiences for children. As a provider of content aimed at young listeners under the age of 13, we are committed to ensuring our adherence to the requirements outlined under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). As part of our commitment, […]
October 4, 2017

New Support for the Google Assistant!

Drum roll please ….. We are super excited to announce that Tellables is releasing our two kid-friendly voice applications for the Google Assistant: Tricky Genie and Story Champ. These voice games will soon work with the Google Assistant on Google Home, ​eligible ​Android ​phones ​and ​iPhones. This announcement coincides with Google’s Pixel 2017 event happening today. Google has announced new parental controls for the Google […]