How to Define a Use Case for Your Voice Experience?

November, 30 2020 | Emerging Trends, Voice Technology

Voice technology has made a leap over the last fews years and is now becoming part of our everyday lives. At Key Lime we’re excited about the many opportunities that a voice experience (VX) provides for customers and brands: It can help remove friction and help humanize interactions with technology. At the same time we know voice tech is still far from perfect.

Today the main use cases for a great voice experience are in service and sales. Think about frequently asked questions and transactional interactions such as turning a light on or off. In the future there is a potential for voice to go towards in-depth conversational interactions. The use case can make or break your voice experience and it is one of the key factors for creating a successful voice experience.

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Voice Tech + the New Normal

November, 09 2020 | Emerging Trends, Voice Technology

     In January 2020, no one anticipated that a pandemic would be the defining event of the year. However, in October, the impact and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still currently underway, especially as we see parts of the world preparing for a second lockdown. So during all of this, we ask ourselves: how can technology be used to help us through this? In regards to voice technology, one of the areas of focus for voice tech is in healthcare, and COVID-19 has only heightened that focus. Voice technology is seen as something that could potentially help reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 as well as help to improve current social distancing standards.

  Aside from the increased uptick that has been seen during quarantine of increased usage in voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, there are numerous opportunities for the way in which voice technology can be integrated to be a beneficial feature of our “new” normal. Additionally, the ability to connect to others via voice user interfaces, or even extended reality like social XR, could potentially help individuals to feel socially connected while remaining physically distant.

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A History of Voice Technology

August, 21 2020 | Emerging Trends, Voice Technology

        While many feel as though voice technology is a newer innovation. However- the study, development, and implementation of voice and speech recognition technologies has been going on for the last 70 years. This article attempts to provide an overview of the history of voice technology, and how it has developed since its creation. In 1952, the first speech recognition system designed by Bell Laboratories was known as the “Audrey” system and could only recognize single voice digits spoken aloud (source). “The machine understood digits 0-9 is speakers paused in between, though it would have to adapt to each user before it could capture their speech with reasonable accuracy” (source)

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Understanding and Preventing Racial Disparities in Voice Technology

August, 14 2020 | Emerging Trends, Voice Technology

      In recent years, automated speech recognition (ASR) systems have become an integral part of many applications; creating a world of virtual assistants (VAs) who live in our mobile devices, smart home applications, and vehicle-systems. What makes ASR systems special is its ability to quickly and accurately convert spoken language to text. For speech recognition to work requires sophisticated machine-learning algorithms capable of converting all of the nuances and complexities of spoken language into actionable commands in real-time. This is possible thanks to deep learning algorithms ability to digest large datasets and create new strategies for improved accuracy.  

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Voice Tech Takeaways from Voice Global

In collaboration with Ana Gonzalez.
 
    Earlier this month we attended Voice Global - an annual conference for the worldwide voice tech community. For 24 hours, industry leaders, experts, and pioneers shared the latest in voice tech through six different channels. The conference covered a range of topics, including the latest trends, accessibility, gaming, and how voice tech can help us navigate the pandemic. Because of technical problems, many people had issues attending talks and this caused people to abandon the streams early. Some of the talks were made available on other platforms and we were able to watch some of the talks on demand.
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Voice as Assistive Technology

         Voice AI has seen incredible growth over the last few years and has become a part of our everyday lives. Voice Technology not only takes into account how people search for information with their voice through smart voice assistants, or the ability to execute tasks through voice commands, it also takes into account how to aid a person with accessibility needs in his or her daily life in order to ensure equal access to the same experiences as people without accessibility needs.

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Conversational AI in Automotive

Let’s be honest. For years now, automotive infotainment systems have really not been the greatest. The first infotainment system was first unveiled in the Buick Century T-Type and Riviera of 1986, called CRT (touch screen cathode ray tube). Yes, car radio, trip data, and climate control with touchscreen 30+ years ago. Talk about ahead of its time.

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What Are We Talking About? Voice Technology Terms You Need to Know

      Last week, we discussed the way in which voice technology has transformed from a nascent technology relegated to the world of science fiction, to something that people increasingly utilize on a day to day basis. As we delve deeper into the world of voice technology, there is a great deal of jargon and terminology to keep straight. In order to help make that task a little easier, and so you all know what we are talking about, we have created this handy guide to breakdown and help you understand the most commonly used voice technology vocabulary. 

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Voice Technology is Here

      What was once a nascent technology is now becoming more mainstream, now the adoption of voice technology using assistants via smart speakers and other voice-enabled devices has made a leap over the last few years. About one in four (24%) US adults 18+ own a smart speaker (around 60 million people) and U.S. households with smart speakers own an average of 2.6 smart speakers. Many more devices such as smartphones have voice-enabled and this presents a major opportunity for brands to tap into. 

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