August 19, 2018

Stories As A Service?

What’s so compelling about stories? Lots of things! But three reasons people love fictional tales are because they: Help satisfy our natural curiosity about other people’s lives Offer temporary relief from our own daily concerns Provide us with the pleasure of feeling empathy for another person, even if that person is a fictional character People who like stories seek them out in many different places, […]
July 3, 2018

Tricky Teacher Now Available on Alexa!

Tellables is pleased to announce the launch of our new kid-friendly Amazon Alexa skill: Tricky Teacher. The skill follows the game formula of our popular Tricky Genie game. Children are encouraged to apply higher level thinking skills as they sort through three lesson books to find the one with the correct answer. As with our Tricky Genie voice game, the Tricky Teacher skill offers lots […]
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 are powered by AI, the opportunities for authors increase. When we think of fiction today, chances are good we think […]
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 […]