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Is Voice UI the next killer app?

Is Voice UI the next killer app?

Amazon’s Alexa is a hit. The wonderful innovation can perform many tricks by listening to your voice commands. She has a voice capture and recognition system that is available on Echo and the Dot. Amazon is also providing AVS (Alexa Voice Service) that allows a 3rd party device to capture audio and send that to Alexa Service for processing. This will unleash innovation in the device ecosystem and we will see many cool voice enabled devices emerge.

Recently, I had an opportunity to attend a presentation by the Alexa team. It looks like Amazon is working hard to create a rich ecosystem around Alexa and this includes a Fund that invests in startups with innovative technologies around voice. This seems more Microsoft DNA, but there are now lots of former Microsoft people in Amazon. 🙂

I was stuck by use of the phrase “ambient computing” by the presenter. Later , as I walked back into the Link train Station, I wondered that a voice experience is a game changer for visually challenged people. A person can blurt a question to an ambient Alexa enabled device and get an instant answer. How that will work in a crowded, noisy environment is an interface and design challenge.

Will voice UI become ubiquitous at work? Too much of our daily work is still driven by mouse and keyboard and touch. It’s easy to imagine Alexa built in to every conference room like a projector is today. One could assume that Alexa enabled devices would access internal corporate systems to answer questions. “Alexa, how many bugs were opened today”? “Alexa, What was our Sales in May?”. It could also be a great companion device for product support people. The scenarios are rich. The natural use of voice is tremendously appealing.

The presenter said that we are in the “crawl” phase of Voice UI. However, it’s already exciting. Seems like 1995, when we started seeing the potential of web browsers.

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I don’t buy that it takes 20 minutes to write a business model. Countless hours have gone into it before you are ready to write it.

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Canyon Adventure

A few friends, my wife and I hiked the Havasu Canyon (just outside of Grand Canyon National Park). It was a 4 day, 3 night trip. Descending from the Hualapai Hilltop, we walked 10 miles to the Havasu Campground.

There were incredible sights along the way. Tall, expansive, colorful canyon walls that hold deep stories of their formation greeted us forever. The mules constantly stamping their ownership of the trail. The native faces. An Indian village at the bottom of the Canyon that seemed reluctant to hold it’s place among the hikers. The Havasu falls  – a masterpiece formation nestled in sylvan surroundings that greets hikers with cool waters after a blistering hike.

The Canyon reveals more secrets the longer you stay. Your eyes can’t take enough of the blue green waters colored by limestone. The adventurous climb down a 100 feet ladder, carved by steps, held on by chains to dear life to reveal a heavenly sight that leaves you in awe of Nature (or God, as your inclination may be).

As you meander your way downstream, you start to lose yourself. The Canyon walls get narrower, the greenery gets denser and you begin to appreciate little details.  A pair of big horn sheep languidly chewing cud ignore the chameleon that stakes it’s throne on the sunny rock. The water is cool,  liability trumps sheer fun, yet the mildly adventurous find a way to meld in.

Stars take on a new meaning, criss-crossing satellites and crashing meteors remind us the skies aren’t alone

As a cool rain greets us on the ascent, you look back and see the misty canyon. You wonder. Marvel at your performance. You congratulate yourself on a hike well done.

The mule goes on.  The water keeps flowing. The grid beckons. You connect. Reluctantly?

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Canyon Adventure

Canyon Adventure

A few friends, my wife and I hiked the Havasu Canyon (just outside of Grand Canyon National Park). It was a 4 day, 3 night trip. Descending from the Hualapai Hilltop, we walked 10 miles to the Havasu Campground.

There were incredible sights along the way. Tall, expansive, colorful canyon walls that hold deep stories of their formation greeted us forever. The mules constantly stamping their ownership of the trail. The native faces. An Indian village at the bottom of the Canyon that seemed reluctant to hold it’s place among the hikers. The Havasu falls — a masterpiece formation nestled in sylvan surroundings that greets hikers with cool waters after a blistering hike.

The Canyon reveals more secrets the longer you stay. Your eyes can’t take enough of the blue green waters colored by limestone. The adventurous climb down a 100 feet ladder, carved by steps, held on by chains to dear life to reveal a heavenly sight that leaves you in awe of Nature (or God, as your inclination may be).

As you meander your way downstream, you start to lose yourself. The Canyon walls get narrower, the greenery gets denser and you begin to appreciate little details. A pair of big horn sheep languidly chewing cud ignore the chameleon that stakes it’s throne on the sunny rock. The water is cool, liability trumps sheer fun, yet the mildly adventurous find a way to meld in.

Stars take on a new meaning, criss-crossing satellites and crashing meteors remind us the skies aren’t alone

As a cool rain greets us on the ascent, you look back and see the misty canyon. You wonder. Marvel at your performance. You congratulate yourself on a hike well done.

The mule goes on. The water keeps flowing. The grid beckons. You connect. Reluctantly?

Some images to go with the words…

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Originally published at www.carabiner.io on April 14, 2016.

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Your North Star

 

The world is awash with do’s and don’ts

Suggestions, Recommendations, Best Practices,  Top 10 ways

Attend to them, don’t be consumed

Know your North Star

Let delighting your users be your guiding principle

The rest should fall into place, more or less.

Good luck!