The Perils of Alexa certification

I’ve got my first skill up on Amazon’s Alexa service. It’s called Travel Stories and it’s not very exciting. To be honest, it could have done with more work, but there’s an offer of free Alexa  Echo Dots in return for submitting a new skill. So this post will be about two things: my experience… Continue reading The Perils of Alexa certification

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A Day at an Alexa Workshop

Back at the start of July, I attended an Alexa workshop in Brighton. I planned to blog about it soon after, but client work took over my life a little, sending me to LA and Dublin in the process. The session was a good one and I wanted to note some of the interesting things… Continue reading A Day at an Alexa Workshop

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Alexa, Please

I sometimes feel uncomfortable giving orders to Alexa. I know that she is a series of scripts, and have a good idea of the technology involved, but I still dislike barking demands at her. I’ve read a couple of articles about parents who were concerned about their children’s interactions with Alexa. In a post entitled,… Continue reading Alexa, Please

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First Steps with Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa is a virtual assistant available on the Amazon Echo, as well as (with a little struggle) on the Raspberry Pi. I find voice interfaces fascinating – they’re a staple of sci-fi, and the natural way people communicate with one another. Email and IM are great, but look at how often people switch from… Continue reading First Steps with Alexa

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