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The Possibilities of Ubiquitous Video Streams

The idea of video cameras everywhere is used to conjure up thoughts of Police States or 1984. Today however, each of us walks around with at least two cameras at the ready. One on their...

4 Pro Tips for First-Time Alexa Skill Developers

Last fall, I worked on three new voice experiences in partnership with Monumental Sports and Entertainment: The Capitals Skill, The Capitals Flash Briefing, and The Wizards Flash Briefing! You can ask Alexa about the Capitals’ score, the next game,...
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The Future of Smart Devices with Natural Language Processing

The Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are deeply connected. IoT systems produce big data, whereas, data is the heart of AI and machine learning. At the same time, as the rapid expansion of...

Thinking About Adding Voice Capabilities to Your Product? Consider This

Over the next five years, we're likely to see dozens of devices in our homes embedded with microphones. Today, the Echo, Home, and HomePod are gaining a lot of prominence and third party hardware...

Voice Technology That’s More Human Than Human

The phone rings and you answer. It's your mother. In a very direct way, she tells you she wants a photo book of your last trip together for her birthday, along with a card...
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What Your Small Business Can Learn from the Automation Fails of 2017

Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, automation—these are all hot topics that will define the next couple of decades and the changes that will come. But automation is far from perfect, and when its processes...
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When Will We Have Human-like Assistants?

I joined the Star Wars fandom late in the game. I grew up in India, where Star Wars is less of a thing, but in 2015 I watched “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and...
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Applying Emotion and Sentiment Analysis in IoT Applications

If you knew your device was making users unhappy while they were using it, would you do something to change how they feel? The new opportunities in AI come down to affecting user behavior. Already,...
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Integrating Alexa Gadgets Into Your IoT & Home Automation Solutions

I'm fascinated by what might come from Alexa Gadgets Skill API. In September, we saw the announcement of Alexa Buttons. These buttons allow you to buzz in for game show-like experiences with the Echo....
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How To Prototype an Alexa Skill in Two Minutes

It’s been awhile since I talked about our gateway drug to Alexa Skill building — the Ubi Portal skill. With this skill, you can create a mock custom Alexa skill in two minutes. If you have...

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