Alexa Voice Design with Paul Cutsinger

Voice interfaces are a newer form of communicating with computers. Alexa is a voice interface platform from Amazon. Alexa powers the Amazon Echo, as well as Alexa-enabled cars, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Any developer can build a device with a voice interface using a Raspberry Pi.

Paul Cutsinger works on Echo and Alexa at Amazon. He’s focused on growing the market of developers who are building voice interfaces. In this episode, Paul describes how to design and implement a voice application for the Amazon Alexa platform.

The market for voice powered apps is so new, and there has yet to be a “killer app.” If you like to tinker on new platforms, you will like this episode–and I was surprised by how easy it sounds to build a voice app.

Personally I use voice interfaces all the time–to set timers, to find out how to tell if a cucumber has gone bad, to ask what temperature to cook a potato at. Sometimes, when I am lying in bed trying to get to sleep, I will ask my nearest device to read me a Wikipedia article. These are great use cases, but I’m sure we will see something much more groundbreaking in the future.

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