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New Features, Voice, VUI Design

Convert Audio Files to use with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

More and more, the team at Sayspring has been using earcons and non-verbal audio as part of our voice design projects and prototypes. Because encoding audio for voice... Read More

Voice, VUI Design

Earcons, the audio version of an icon

As platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant continue to drive the growth of voice user interfaces (VUI), more and more designers are finding themselves working in a... Read More

Image of a loudspeaker
Research, Voice

How to use MP3 audio files with SSML in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Embedding mp3s into a voice interface is one of the most compelling capabilities that SSML (Speech Synthesis Markup Language) has to offer voice designers. Intro music, sound effects,... Read More

Voice, Voice Devices, VUI Design

What Netflix, Capital One and Apple Can Teach Us About Voice Design

When companies like Netflix, Capital One, and Apple set out to create products that have an impact, they take design seriously. Design contributes to their bottom lines. Voice... Read More

Sayspring in the Classroom
Amazon Alexa, Voice

Why Professors at MIT, Syracuse, and Others Use Sayspring in the Classroom

Something is changing on college campuses across the US. Engineering experts that, one year ago, would have struggled to apply their skills to make useful, scalable market-ready voice... Read More

This Week in Voice Design

This Week in Voice Design: November 10, 2017

We spend time each week finding some interesting stats and stories so you don’t have to.   1. The first speaker based on Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana, debuts... Read More

The Amazon Mobile app is enabled with a fully-functional voice assistant
Amazon Alexa, Voice, VUI Design

Use your Amazon app to demo voice interfaces on mobile devices

When you open the Amazon app on your smartphone, look for the Alexa logo next to the search field. That logo does more than help you search Amazon... Read More

Voice, Voice Devices

The long-awaited Cortana speaker, Invoke, is here

There’s a new entrant into the smart speaker space. Microsoft. They skipped the popular path of producing the hardware internally and have instead decided to work with Harmon... Read More

Voice in the Home
Amazon Alexa, Research, Voice

Voice in the Home is the Start of Voice Everywhere

Slightly more than two years after launch, smart speakers are already in 12% of US households. The ease and convenience of voice have made it a part of... Read More

OK Google
Google Home, Voice

Android TV users can now use Google Assistant voice commands

While much of the news about voice can seem downright futuristic, it’s usually the incremental updates that lay the foundation, like the recent announcement that Hulu for Android... Read More