Good VX for Better UX
What Voice Experience (VX) Best Practices Can Teach Us About Better Visual UX Practices User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) historically have been visual design practices. Experts in this field are working towards a graphical user interface (GUI) designed to ease comprehension and navigation of visible content. As we alluded to in our introductory blog […]Read More
Alexa Conference 2019
Highlights from the Alexa Conference Presented by VoiceFirst.fm The Alexa Conference was hosted in Chattanooga, TN in January. COLAB sent a team to learn more about what was happening in the voice community. We discovered some interesting Skills, some fascinating concepts, and some amazing stats about the market for voice experiences and voice-enabled devices. Here are the […]Read More
Introduction to Voice Interactions
Lessons from Building an Alexa Skill Dissecting vocal instructions programmatically Did you ever wonder how Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri understands what you are saying and then knows how to respond meaningfully to your request? We had some general ideas of how that works based on our understanding of natural language understanding and automatic speech recognition technologies, but until we […]Read More
RFP: Request for Probably?
Or How to Lose a Job in 2,000 Words We recently responded to an RFP (request for proposal) with a shocking omission: we didn’t include a cost estimate. This wasn’t by accident – it was by necessity, really. Per our usual form, we were rather transparent and forthcoming about the fact that we purposefully did […]Read More