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This Voice-First Startup Helps Parents Boost Their Child's Development From Home

In 1983, a three-year experiment began. Trained observers sat in 40 homes of rich and poor families to record hours of babbling between the parents and their babies. Researchers at the University of Kansas set up this ambitious project to investigate whether the language parents use during the earliest years of their child's life affected their academic success later on.

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Brands: Here's How You Can Accurately Test Your Voice Apps At Scale

 

Brands tend to run into the same kind of trouble when publishing voice experiences. Some can't find real users to test in real-world contexts, others are lost on best practices for voice, and most simply don't know how to seamlessly integrate voice into their user journey.

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Your Next Virtual Assistant Could Be Genderless (And It Should)

From Star Trek to Spiderman, AI voices in film have been predominantly female. Yes, Hollywood has graced us with a few male voices too, like HAL 9000 and JARVIS. Although one was disturbingly evil and the other was later replaced by FRIDAY, a female voice. (So not really much choice there either.)

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This Site Finds Real Users to Test Your Voice Interfaces

Not all voice experiences are good experiences. Some voice apps struggle to understand local accents, others are out of touch with the current lingo, and most customer service bots test your patience until you're yelling, "Put me through to a human, please!

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Developers: Take Your Voice Apps Global with "Jargon"

Don't you just hate it when something really cool isn't available in your country? 

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HelixAI Turns Alexa Into a Science Lab Assistant

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"Alexa, what's the solubility of sodium hydroxide?"

"Sorry, I don't know that one."

It's okay, Alexa, neither do we. But not to worry, one Atlanta-based startup is working to change that with their own science-savvy virtual assistant: Helix. 

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Bring Your Children's Favorite Books To Life With Voice

There is an art to reading a book to a child. You pace your every word, pause at exactly the right moments, and maybe even read their favorite parts one more time. If you're in the mood, you even give each character their own voice and add your own sound effects for the wind whooshing through the trees and the duck quacking in a pond.

Here's How The Military is Using Voice Technology

Voice technology in the military is a sensitive subject. Nobody wants to think about how the benevolent tech helping patients track their meds and supporting children with dyslexia may also be aiding deadly attacks in foreign countries.

But if we're to touch on all the fields where voice tech is making a difference, then the military should be no exception. Besides, highlighting the uses of voice in warfare may inspire new ideas on how voice can help the people caught in the midst of it.

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Transportation Companies Bet On Safer Driving With Voice

Voice tech in transportation is typically a mix of cool cars with voice assistants and voice assistants in cool cars. Between global brands and their flashy voice-first systems, no-one really gives Uber drivers or humble truckers a second thought (or even a first).

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AI Can Tell If You Have a Chronic Disease—From Your Voice

Healthcare has become somewhat of a muse for voice tech startups, inspiring countless admirable innovations including smart assistants to monitor aging patients, automated transcribers to streamline doctors reports, Alexa-powered medical devices, and even hearing aids that translate over 27 languages. 

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