Voice Programming with Heather Downing
What does it take to build an application where the UI is strictly voice? While at NDC in London, Carl and Richard sat down with Heather Downing to talk about her experiences building voice-driven applications with a variety of tools, including Alexa and Google Voice. Heather digs into the challenges of thinking through what the voice interface is really good at, versus more traditional screen, keyboard, and mouse driven software. This leads to a broader discussion about getting away from the desk entirely, into highly mobile and standing environments where the keyboard is just not a practical option. Voice-driven apps are a different class of app entirely - does it make sense for your organization?
Heather Downing is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise level mobile and .Net applications. She spends her spare time at tech conferences supporting the growth of new developers of all genders, ages and backgrounds. When not coding, Heather spends her time as a competitive equestrian and learning the art of mounted archery.
- Entity Framework Designer https://github.com/msawczyn/EFDesigner
- NICE Voice of the Customer https://www.nice.com/engage/voice-of-the-customer
- Heather's Blog https://www.quorralyne.com/
- Alexa Skills Kit https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit
- Google Voice https://voice.google.com/
- Bing Speech API https://azure.microsoft.com/services/cognitive-services/speech/
- Watson Speech to Text https://www.ibm.com/watson/services/speech-to-text/