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 different disciplines and interest groups. It’s refreshing to be in a session about voice user interfaces or chatbots and find […]
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 say and respond (mostly!) intelligently. Amazon was very kind to feature me in a blog post last year, showcasing the […]
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. I posted a piece on LinkedIn about Vlahos’s article, along with my own thoughts about the quest for conversational AI. […]
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 for the invention of the telephone. It turns out that there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding the filing of […]
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 […]