DiscoverVUX WorldSamsung Bixby: Your questions answered with Bob Stalzberg and Roger Kibbe
Samsung Bixby: Your questions answered with Bob Stalzberg and Roger Kibbe

Samsung Bixby: Your questions answered with Bob Stalzberg and Roger Kibbe

Update: 2018-11-16


Samsung has opened up Bixby to developers, so we've rounded up two Samsung Bixby Developer Experts, Bob Stalzberg and Roger Kibbe, to get to the heart of what this means for the voice community.

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Can design solve the biggest challenges in voice? With Mark Webster of Adobe XD
Why do all skills start with 'Welcome to xyz'? Is an 'assistant' the right mental model for voice experiences? Mark Webster of Adobe XD joins us to tackle some of the biggest challenges in voice and discusses how design can play a role in solving them.Voice-Connected Home conference in Cologne, Germany on May 7th-8th. Save 30% on tickets with promo code VuxVoice.Learn the art of conversation design with the Conversational Academy online course.Take some time out with the Moment PebbleAbout Mark WebsterMark Webster is Director of Product at Adobe, focusing on voice integration for Adobe XD. He is also responsible for driving product strategy for emerging technologies within XD. Mark joined Adobe through the acquisition of the company he founded, Sayspring, which offers a design and prototyping platform for voice interfaces.Prior to Sayspring, Mark was Director of Product for Groupon, focusing on entertainment and events. He landed at Groupon after SideTour, an e-commerce marketplace for local activities he co-founded, was acquired by Groupon in September 2013. Mark started his career with a five-year stretch at the National Basketball Association, where he worked in Creative Services.LinksFollow Mark on TwitterRead Mark's posts on MediumCheck out Adobe XDFollow Adobe XD on TwitterListen to Hans Van Dam discuss conversational design techniquesListen to Pulse Labs discuss situational design
How to use sonic branding in voice with Eric Seay
This week, we're digging deep into how to craft compelling audio experiences in your voice app by using sonic branding and sound design, with Audio UX Co-Founder and CMO, Eric Seay.In this episode: sonic brandingWe're advancing the conversation we had with Joel Beckerman of Man Made Music on scoring voice experiences, and get into specifics of how to make your VUX sound better with a combination of sonic branding and sound design.We discuss:The resurgence of audioWhy is sonic branding and sound design are importantWhere and how to use sonic brandingHow sonic branding applies to voiceWhat's missing in voice from a sound design perspectiveThe anatomy of an Alexa skill and where sound design can make an impactThe 4 As: Audio As An Afterthought, and the perils of putting audio lastChallenges in sound design and audio branding, including celebrity voiceoversAbout Audio UX and Eric SeayAudio UX are a sound design and sonic branding company helping brands create a holistic Audio Aesthetic by developing an Audio DNA that is extractable, expandable, and effortlessly deployable into virtually any brand moment.Co-Founder and CMO, Eric Seay, has a background in audio production and composition, working on sound design and sonic branding initiatives for global brands.Earn monthly recurring revenue from your skills/actionsIf you build skills/actions for clients, then you can earn money from them each month through Speebly.Speebly let's your client's skill/action be accessed and interacted with via your client's website.Sign up your client to Speebly and you'll get a share of the monthly subscription fee.Plus, if you've already built the skill/action in Dialogue Flow, it'll take you 5 minutes to set up.Find out moreLinksAuxnyc.comAUX on TwitterAmazon Alexa BlueprintsAmazon Alexa sound libraryInvocable shuts down
Amazon Alexa skill localisation with Tech Evangelists Andrea Muttoni and German Viscuso
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Samsung Bixby: Your questions answered with Bob Stalzberg and Roger Kibbe

Samsung Bixby: Your questions answered with Bob Stalzberg and Roger Kibbe