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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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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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Voice tech events, Voice technology, Create

Introducing VOICE Talks: A Free, Monthly Livestream About Voice

The time to find new ways of staying connected has never been better, and the appetite for new and interesting is only growing. With live events helping to fill the plate, we decided it was the right moment to release a little project that we've been working on for the past few months.

VOICE Talks is an exciting monthly livestream series sponsored by Google Assistant and hosted by their very own Sofia Altuna to invite you behind the curtain and learn what's really happening in Voice around the world. VOICE Talks is set to launch this April 28th and it's completely free to join.

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Voice tech events, Create, Market

Keeping the Community Connected with VOICE Global

The events industry can be unpredictable, but that just makes us find new and creative ways to stay connected.

Unprecedented times are upon us, but it's not all about isolating yourself indoors and hunching over your laptop. With technology on our side, plenty of (virtual) doors are opening so we can stay in touch with our communities and—ironically—strengthen human connections from home.

Within the voice-first realm, we've been working on an initiative over the last few months called VOICE Global—a virtual event that focuses on accessible content, community, and collaboration at a time when these are more important than ever.

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Inside VOICE podcast, Conversational design, Create

What Leaders at VaynerSmart Predict for the Future of Voice Experiences

Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash

On our Inside VOICE podcast, Keri Roberts was excited to chat with two innovative leaders at VaynerSmart—an extension of the digital services powerhouse: Vaynermedia led by the renowned Gary Vaynerchuk.

The first episode featured Director of Innovation Claire Mitchell who talked about the current state of design and where it's headed; while the second episode invited VP Head Patrick Givens to spill his thoughts on Voice on the go. Both are professionals in the thick of designing and marketing Voice experiences, so these episodes are an open window into what's really happening in the industry.

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Google, Accessibility, Create

Google's Project Euphonia Helps Voice Systems Recognize Impaired Speech


Credit: Project Euphonia.

Voice assistants have a reputation for misunderstanding people with accents, stutters, or slightly slurred speech. It's even worse when the person has conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or ALS.

While some brands are slowly including users with non-standard speech in their speech recognition models to make their voice assistants more inclusive, Google has stepped it up a notch with Project Euphonia.

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Voice tech events, Voice technology, Create

Top 8 Voice Conferences You Can't Miss in 2020

Discover, network, and have a drink or two at the best voice technology conferences in 2020.


Every so often you'll hear about a special meetup, brunch, or large-scale event that nudges you out of the office to peek at what everyone else in your industry is doing. From keynotes and workshops to productive coffee breaks with potential clients, conferences are typically a worthwhile business expense.

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Voice technology, Accessibility, Create

You Can Now Donate Your Voice to Someone Who Lost Theirs

Photo by david laws on Unsplash
 

In the voice-first era, businesses know that having a distinct brand voice makes them more personable and memorable. Similarly, individuals also express themselves and channel their personality using their voice.

For Sean, who lost his voice due to throat cancer, speaking is no longer a way for him to do that. In a way, losing his voice also fizzled his sense of identity. Sure, he can use speech-to-text technology to communicate and maintain his social life, but hearing yourself sound like an ATM can dampen conversations and take a sharp dig at your self esteem.

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Alexa skills, Google Actions, Sustainability

How Voice Assistants Are Helping the Environment—and How They Could Do More

 

While much more needs to happen for meaningful environmental action, with almost 8 billion of us roaming the earth, individual changes still count as either helping to advance or pacify the effects.

In the last decade, we've collectively turned to technology in the hopes that it will help us tidy up. From ocean cleanups to a literal machine that removes CO2 emissions from the atmosphere, technologists are going all in to ensure a livable planet for future generations.

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