April 30, 2018

Voice First Fiction

Today I launched a new blog called Voice First Fiction. I plan to explore the emerging world of fictional content created specifically for voice-driven devices, such as smart speakers and intelligent assistants. As more people gain access to devices that understand spoken language, and that […]
March 19, 2018

SXSW 2018 – Wow!

I traveled to Austin last week to experience my first SXSW. If you’re in the tech space and have never gone to a SXSW conference, I highly recommend it. The great thing about this event is how it brings together creative people from so many […]
March 8, 2018

Women in Voice First

In honor of International Women’s Day, the team at Amazon Alexa put together a blog post showcasing some of the women in the voice first space. Voice first is the term used to describe the new wave of smart devices that can understand what we […]
March 1, 2018

Alexa, Let’s Chat

This week James Vlahos published a piece in Wired offering a behind the scenes look at the Alexa Prize and those who participated.  Inside the Alexa Prize is both a great read and a good non-techy introduction into the challenges of designing truly conversational machines. […]
February 5, 2018

Valentine’s Day

In honor of the approaching Valentine’s Day, we’ve added targeted new content to both our Tricky Genie and Fake History voice apps. Open Fake History to play a game focusing on Valentine’s Day of 1876. That’s the day that Alexander Graham Bell filed his patent […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]