Voice Tech

Voice Technology is any software or device that utilizes voice recognition to carry out functions. Devices and virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Echo, Google Home and Siri have provided a new means of accessibility that allows people to rely on their voice instead of their hands. Due to this, voice tech is starting to be implemented everywhere from our phones, to our homes and to our businesses. Additionally, existing apps can be updated to allow for voice usage which is also why voice tech continues to spread.

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.

Beginner

Introducing to Voice Flow

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: Voiceflow is an online graphical user interface designed for creating Alexa skills, and Google Assistant apps in a way that’s more accessible to everyone. VoiceFlow breaks down many of the basic elements into physical blocks that the user can place and connect to help rapidly prototype a new voice assistant idea. In this tech kit the user will design a voice enabled paper fortune teller like below. The tech kit includes a walk through how to take something from the physical world into the voice enabled world.

Intermediate

Code Blocks in Voice Flow

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: This tech kit will walk you through building Alexa skills in Voiceflow with code. Voiceflow is an online graphical user interface designed to make creating Alexa skills, and Google Assistant apps more accessible to everyone. It breaks down many of the basic elements into physical blocks that the user can place and connect to help rapidly prototype a new voice assistant idea. In this tech kit, we will design a voice enabled base converter and a number guessing game.

Advanced

Advanced Blocks in Voice Flow

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: Voiceflow is an online graphical user interface designed to make creating Alexa skills, and Google Assistant apps more accessible to everyone. It breaks down many of the basic elements into physical blocks that the user can place and connect to help rapidly prototype a new voice assistant idea. In this tech kit we will design a voice enabled word bank to find rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, definitions or examples of a word.

 

Projects

Resources

Amazon Echo

Type: Smart Assistant

Description: Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Google Home

Type: Smart Assistant

Description: Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, "Ok Google".

Voice Flow

Type: Online Platform

Description: Voiceflow is an online platform that easily lets you build voice apps for Alexa Skills or Google Actions. This platform utilizes an intuitive drag and drop system that allows for simple visual diagrams that are then converted to skills.