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Jenny Medeiros

Jenny Medeiros

Jenny is an engineer turned tech writer with hands-on experience in VR, AR, video game development, and UX-focused web design. Nowadays, she partners with tech companies to help explain emerging technologies simply. When she's not writing, she's likely daydreaming and forgetting her tea.

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Industry Trends, How To’s, Design

How to Design a Voice Product That Builds Good Habits


Almost everyone knows the unsettling sensation of their day feeling incomplete until they've relentlessly flitted from one social media platform to another. For some, they can't go to bed without immersing themselves in a game or a series first. It's just a habit. But you didn't create that habit all by yourself. 

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Voice games, Diversity, VOICE Talks

VOICE Talks: Here's What You Missed From Episode Two


The second episode of VOICE Talks graced thousands of screens around the world on Tuesday, May 26th, to share the magic of building voice assistants. With a focus on how women, in particular, are leading in the field, this episode featured an entire line up of fantastic developers, directors, and engineers who are not only changing the face of tech, but also helping other women to do the same.

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Diversity, Sonic branding, Create

How Culture Affects Voice and What it Means for Conversational Designers


While teaching German to Vietnamese students, Margareth Jabczynski noticed that they would speak German almost fluently but with the slower pacing and almost musical intonation of their native language. It was like a cello trying to play the part of a drum kit, but she chalked it up to the learning curve and thought nothing more of it at the time.

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Google, Speech recognition, Education

Google's New Reading App Helps Kids Learn Through Voice

Credit: Google PlayStore


With the little ones at home and frazzled parents everywhere trying to keep them both entertained and educated, voice apps for kids are needed now more than ever.

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Industry Trends, Natural language processing, Voice technology

The Power of Emotion in Voice and Why It Matters in Voice Tech

 

Body language and facial expressions have always been thought of as the prime channels for conveying emotion. But over the years we've learned that there are countless ways to manipulate them and mask what we really feel. Everyone has pulled a smile when they didn't feel like it, or acted like they were having fun when they actually just wanted to go home. It's almost instinctive.

But what about voice?

Turns out it's much tougher to disguise your true emotions when you speak. Not only do you have to measure what words you're going to say, but also control your facial expressions, body language, and several vocal cues—like pitch, cadence, speed and volume. It's a lot to spin at the same time, which makes your voice the most accurate medium for listeners to perceive your emotional state.

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Voice tech events, Create, Market

Here's What Happened at the VOICE Talks Premiere


The first episode of VOICE Talks premiered on Tuesday, April 28th to thousands of viewers connecting from over 100 countries. With a focus on how the community is using their voice devices lately, this first episode set a high bar for what's looking to be a promising monthly series.

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Inside VOICE podcast, Voice assistant, Build

6 Best Practices for Building Better Voice Assistants

Many voice assistants are far from perfect. Some fail to carry out basic requests, others struggle to handle spontaneous conversation, and most seem detached from the friendly brands they’re meant to represent.

The truth is, it’s tough to transform a purely functional bot into a smooth and delightful voice experience that your brand can be proud of. There are just so many angles to consider to get it right—from choosing the right tone to composing the least frustrating error responses.

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Voice games, Voice technology, Education

This Award-Winning Voice Tech Actually Understands 'Kid Speech'

 

Children can be eccentric little talkers. Their made-up words and "creative" pronunciation are notoriously difficult for traditional speech recognition technology to make sense of. But while most voice-enabled devices have the misguided optimism that kids will speak to them somewhat normally (often to much disappointment), some voice-first companies have dedicated themselves to truly understanding how kids talk and carefully adapting their tech to them.

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Voice tech events, VOICE Talks,

VOICE Talks: Speakers, Swag, and A Peek Into Our Debut

VOICE Talks is the shiny new virtual event that everyone is waiting to know more about—and for good reason. It has a bit of everything: expert speakers, behind-the-curtain insights, live QA with industry heroes, edge-of-your-seat giveaways, and (best of all) free entry!

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