As voice-based interfaces improve what they can do (e.g. by adding more “skills”), how do you inform, train and perhaps most importantly remind end users of what they can do, without a GUI to do so?
Well, here are three ideas:
Leverage recommendation engines (think Google Now, Netflix, etc) to proactively talk to users. For example, what if Alexa had motion sensing on it and when it saw me walk by the first time each day it told me what the weather was going to be
Developers must design and build for a wider array of edge cases. For example, when listening to Pandora the phrases, “Thumbs up,” “I like this song,” and “Yes! More of this!” should all be able to rate the song higher.
And probably easiest is to remember you do still have a GUI. For example, Alexa’s companion mobile app could use notifications and suggestions to help users maximize their Echoes. Yet in its current form the app feels like an afterthought.
This post started when my wife posted a childhood photo for a recent Throw-Back-Thursday. Not only is it impressive that her TBT was an actual hard copy photo instead of a digital relic from Facebook, but also that she could even track it down in the first place. Between the thousands of photos I’ve collected – and seemingly exponentially more each year – they’re becoming harder and harder to keep track of.
I suppose this is where I transition with some cliche stock photo right?
Lately I’ve been traveling a fair amount and have developed an effective mobile travel kit. If you’re looking for ideas for your next trip – business or pleasure – scroll through this list and it may spark an idea or two.
Ever searched for an outlet in an airport, only to find that the lone power outlet has both plugs taken? With the three plugs everyone will be glad to let you join in at the outlet, and then the two USB ports on top are icing on the cake. Continue reading →
If you missed the inaugural event in 2013 you can expect 1,000+ attendees packing three different venues in midtown for two days of mobile tech strategies, innovations and standards.
Helping out with the Future Forward track we’re narrowing down a list of possible topic ideas that are “beyond the horizon” in mobility. This means we’re looking at mobility trends that are only now emerging and poised to be major market forces 5+ years from now.