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Voices Services are the modern day interface to technology 

  • While you may hear people refer to them as "Voice Assistants", the correct terminology is Voice devices. 

  • Typical products in this space include the Amazon Echo and the Google Home 

  • Voice services tend to be command driven 

Latest Trends

Voice Services are still in their infancy.   Key trends to watch:

 

Follow the Leader !! 

Which Voice Service is leading, and who is catching up? 

 

Multiple Voices 

Your Alexa may sound different in the days to come 

 

Sounds just like Human Voices 

Listen to the progress made by Google in its WaveNet Project

Process multiple commands 

Your Alexa may sound different in the days to come 

Aiden Suggests

How to learn more about Voice Services

Suggestion #1:  Get at least ONE Voice Service

As there are multiple Voice Services to choose from, you need to purchase at least one.  As each Service will have its own strengths and weaknesses, you might want to consider purchase more than one Vendors to get an appreciation of the differences

Suggestion #2:  Learn the commands for the Voice Service

Suggestion #3:  Experiment with available Skills

There are always new "skills" you can add to your Voice Service.   Clink on this link for an article that talks about 52 of them for the Amazon Echo !

52 Best Alexa Skills

Suggestion #4:  Build your own Voice Service skill  (Medium Difficulty !) 

Creating new capabilities for Voice Services is referred to as "Skills" (Amazon Echo) or "Commands" (Google Home).   

 

The best part, you don't need to be a professional programmer to build your own skills !!!  Here are some sites that allow you to build some basic ones for use in your home

Amazon Blueprints

Suggestion #5:  Design/Build your own Voice Service Application  (Advanced Difficulty !) 

Developing a Voice Application requires a number of design considerations.   Here are links to sites that provide that insight (registration may be required) 

Voice Playbook 

Principles of Voice Design

https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/57d0bb9c-19a6-4c51-bfa2-fc6753d14b68/4-principles-of-conversational-voice-design