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Voice First Cheat-Sheet by Bespoken

The world of voice first is full of acronyms and complex concepts, making it difficult to follow its constant and rapid evolution. Anyone who is interested in this technology faces the challenge of understanding intricate concepts and managing a steep learning curve. To help people who are unfamiliar with the voice world we’ve created this Voice First cheat-sheet, enabling you to navigate the world of voice interaction easily, and conquer the learning curve with elegance and speed. Let’s start by checking this diagram, where you can see the context of voice first. Componentes involved in voice-based interaction by Bespoken (*)   Devices Every human-machine spoken interaction begins and ends on a device. The recent boom in this technology has put devices of all shapes, sizes,…

The Best Voice First Events to Look Forward to in 2019

The new year is upon us and we’re already making sure we have the best voice first events in our calendars. Whether you are a developer, VUX designer, QA specialist, or simply curious about the voice first industry, you’ll find there is much to gain by attending. Conferences and events are a great way to connect with other voice first enthusiasts, find resources for sharpening your skills and to keep up with the voice first revolution. We’ve definitely taken advantage of that. Last year we attended AlexaConf, Voice Summit 2018 and DigitalXChange – you can see John’s talk from Voice Summit with Robert Bruchhardt from Mercedes-Benz R&D North America here. This year, we’re starting at CES 2019 and are looking forward to more and more…

Here ’s how you monitor your Google Actions: Verify your voice app is up and running 24/7

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Hello Voice-First mavens! 2018 has been a great year for the world of voice interaction. Its constant evolution keeps us working hard to keep up and offer a variety of indispensable tools to ensure the availability and quality of your voice applications. As an example of this effort, let me show you three exciting new features that I am sure will enhance your abilities to deliver first-class voice apps. Let’s see them! Virtual Device Manager The core components of our end-to-end testing and monitoring tools are the Virtual Devices. A Virtual Device works like a physical device, such as an Amazon Echo or Google Home, but with the important difference that it exists only as software. With the Bespoken Dashboard, you can create and manage…

Avoid The Alexa Holiday Crunch – Get Certified Faster

With Bespoken’s testing automation tools for voice, both engineers and QA professionals benefit from more comprehensive testing and more frequent testing cycles, while enabling voice teams to hit ship dates and optimize UX, leading to faster certification and happy people all around

The holidays creep up on us every year. It seems that you barely have time to put away your summer patio furniture and the next thing you know it’s pumpkin spice everything. The holidays are also a critical time for business, whether in direct to consumer sales or wrapping up annual product goals, the crunch to get things done by Thanksgiving is something we all have experienced.  And in voice there’s another challenge – not only getting your skill to hit the holiday ship date but also have it meet the all-important criteria for Alexa certification. If you’re already feeling the pressure, you’re not alone. Many skill developers underestimate the time it takes to build their skill – experts in the field suggest a minimum…

Guy Borgford joins Bespoken to lead business development

Before joining Bespoken, and after nearly 20 years working in the Seattle technology space, Guy Borgford worked in business development and strategic marketing roles in digital publishing, digital agencies, and software design and engineering. From heading up partner strategy and marketing at RollingStone.com and Rhapsody to leading new business development at leading digital design and development firms such as Globant and Smashing Ideas, his focus has always been on customer success and driving revenue for the teams he supports. Guy has also worked with other outstanding companies like Macy’s, Nestle, Ford, Honda, etc. The move to voice technology is a natural progression in my career, as it’s clear this mode of human-machine interaction will dominate the digital landscape sooner than we think. As a daily…

Bespoken CLI V2 – The Best Command-Line We’ve Ever Built 😎

The Bespoken software suite continues to grow. Two years ago we began helping voice developers debug and build Alexa skills and Google Actions with minimum effort. Now, we proudly present the latest version of our Command Line Interface (CLI). Bespoken CLI 2.0 includes super-powerful new features, like the bst test command, which allows you to run unit and end-to-end tests to ensure your app is working perfectly.   Install or update Bespoken CLI now to benefit from these new features: bst test command with Virtual Device support Support for different locales and languages with the bst speak command Support for V6+ Node.js Lambdas with bst proxy Support for Entity Resolution on slots with bst utter and bst intend   All about bst test The impactful new…

Three Takeaways from VOICE Summit 2018

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After three full days of sessions, introductions, conversations, and selfies at VOICE Summit 2018 last week, we walked away with three important takeaways. 1. Voice – Past, Present, Future The enthusiasm and scale of VOICE Summit 2018 was amazing. We went from a small group of founders a few months ago at the Alexa Conference to something that can be legitimately characterized as an “industry” at this point – more than 3,000 attendees and 200 speakers from all over the world. It is a convenient time to step back and reflect on what voice is and why it is making all these strides. Fundamentally, what we continue to see is the strength of use cases where voice is incorporated into the core of products. From…

Bespoken Announces Completion of $2.4 Million Seed Funding Round

Proceeds to Enable the Voice AI Testing Software Company to Add Features and Expand Sales and Marketing Lima, Peru – July 12, 2018 – Bespoken Holdings, the worldwide leader in automated testing and monitoring for voice interactive artificial intelligence, announced today that it has completed its seed funding round. The company raised $2.4 million, which will be used to add features to its product suite and to expand sales and marketing. The company is a featured partner with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Bespoken was founded in 2017 and currently has over 2,500 developers and QA people using its tools and testing products. Over 1,000 Alexa Skills and Google Actions are being tested and monitored with Bespoken software. Bespoken has a broad portfolio of testing…

[Video] Continuous Alexa Skill Testing with Bespoken Validation

We are making Alexa skill testing easy. In this video, watch how Bespoken will monitor your Alexa skill script continuously – before and after publication – to ensure it’s working properly. Follow along in this 90-second video and then try Bespoken testing on your Alexa skills for free. Create a free Bespoken account or log in. Want some help getting started? The Bespoken team has been writing and testing hundreds of interactions with Alexa and can recommend a few helpful tips and tricks to get you started with automatically testing and monitoring your Alexa skills using the Bespoken Validation. To start, it will help to understand how the test script sequence works and how the comparisons between inputs and outputs are configured. Write and Execute...
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