Last week we had the 5th London Alexa Devs meetup at the Innovation Warehouse. It's great to see the number of attendees growing as Voice computing becomes more popular with developers!
Alexa in the News!
There were some interesting stories over the past few weeks that I thought people would find interesting:
Alexa to distinguish between different voices - Time report that Amazon are developing a feature that would allow the voice assistant that powers its Echo line of speakers to distinguish between individual users based on their voices.
How millions of kids are being shaped by know-it-all voice assistants - The Washington Post ran an interesting piece on how children are using digital assistants, including the potential for transformative interactions at home and in classrooms.
Google Home speaker to launch in UK by June -The BBC report that Google have confirmed it will launch its smart speaker in the UK before the end of June. We've already been experimenting with some Google Home prototypes and will definitely be having some talks on the technology coming up soon!
What do you think about these stories? Let us know in the comments below!
Here are the notes from the 3 talks:
Voice Design Best Practice - Jess Williams
Jess gave an excellent talk on the 10 Best Practices when Designing for Voice.
Multi-Factor Auth in Alexa Skills - Faisal Valli
Faisal gave an awesome talk and demo on Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication in Alexa Skills using the Nexmo API. Here are his slides:
A Cloud Guru Advanced Alexa Skills Kit Course – Oscar Merry
In partnership with A Cloud Guru - I recently released a course on Advanced Alexa Skills Kit Development.
The aim was to give you as an Alexa Skill developer all the skills you need to be able to build complex voice applications on the Amazon Alexa platform.
We wanted a course that showcased the wide range of features that the Alexa Skills Kit now offers, showcasing some of the more advanced functionality like:
I also wanted to structure the course in the form of an end to end project. I find following along with a real project is always the best way to learn — and although the Skill we’ll be building is focussed specifically on the Alexa developer community, I’ve structured it in a way that you should be able to re-purpose a lot of the techniques to whatever use case you want to build for.
As well as this, I’ve structured the videos by technical topic so that you’ll be able to re-visit each particular one as and when you need it for future projects.
You can see the slides for the course here:
We're busy lining up speakers for the next meetup so stay tuned.
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