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In our blog you will find information about what we are up to and what’s on our mind.  We post a mix of technical notes, thoughts about cutting edge technologies, compliance notices (boring but important), and anything we think you might find important.  It’s also a good place for COLABers to practice writing about interesting things they are working on.  Take a look and don’t hesitate to contact us if there are any topics you would like to see us cover.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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