Developing for a Voice First World
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Amazon Alexa and the Matter of Cat Facts

On June 1st, 2020 I visited the Alexa Skills store and did a search for "cat facts".  The result of that search yielded an astonishing 15 pages of Alexa Skills.…
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Sonic Branding, That Sounds Familiar

The three note chimes of NBC, the static “ahhhh” of HBO, Sonic Branding is not a new concept, but with the rise of Voice First technologies, it can be argued…
The Housewives Test Skill For Alexa

The Housewives Test

The Housewives Test is my fourth game for Alexa and was developed as part of Amazon’s In-Skill Purchasing Challenge. In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) allows developers the ability to monetize their Alexa…
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Voice Summit 2019

After my personal conference draught, I attended my second one this year; the Voice Summit in Newark, New Jersey. Unlike the Alexa Conference, Voice Summit featured voice technologies from Google,…
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I am a Certified Alexa Skill Builder

I’m Certified! I am thrilled to announce I am among the first to be a AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder. Back in January 2019 Amazon announced the introduction of a…
Alway Never Alexa Skill Promo

Multimodal Alexa Being Seen and Heard

Since Amazon offers smart speakers with screen such as the Echo Spot and Echo Show, it needed a way to allow developers to offer a better visual experience to their…
Alexa Conference 2019

Alexa Conference 2019

For quite some time attending tech conferences was part of an annual ritual for me. Through the years I have met some amazing people from around the world, many who…
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Talking Trash, My First Alexa Game

With The Oddly Uncanny Fannee Doollee, a word puzzle for kids, under my belt I felt it was time to try to attempt a fully fleshed out game. Over the…
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An Oddly Uncanny Children’s Skill

As I get deeper into Voice First development I am looking for ideas of projects that lend themselves to voice interaction. I decided to try and put together a fun…
My BQ Skill for Alexa

My BQ Making Progress

My Second Alexa Skill, My BQ has passed certification and is now available. My BQ was developed as way for athletes to easily discover the finish-time required to qualify for…
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