Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Podcasts, VoiceFirst

030 – Jeff Adams – Building Alexa and What Comes Next

Today's episode of the Future Ear Podcast features Jeff Adams, founder and CEO of Cobalt Speech & Language. Jeff's been a speech technologist for 25+ years, spending time at Nuance, Yap, and Amazon. At Amazon, Jeff founded the Alexa Speech Group and led the team of speech and language scientists that built the automatic speech… Continue reading 030 – Jeff Adams – Building Alexa and What Comes Next

Alexa, Aural Attention Economy, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Hearables, Podcasts, Siri, VoiceFirst

029 – Imrich Valach – Sentien Audio: All-Day Bone Conduction Hearable Device

This week's episode of the Future Ear Radio podcast features Imrich Valach, founder of Sentien Audio. Imrich and his team are taking a novel and creative approach to the whole premise of a hearable, with its all day, bone-conduction audio device. During this interview, Imrich and I chat about the inspiration behind starting the company,… Continue reading 029 – Imrich Valach – Sentien Audio: All-Day Bone Conduction Hearable Device

Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Podcasts, VoiceFirst

026 – Ian Freed – 5 Reasons Why Bamboo Learning Fascinates Me

Hello and welcome back to Future Ear. The last time I sat down to mix an episode and write one of these posts was back at the beginning of March, right as it was becoming apparent that our world was on the brink of dramatic change due to COVID-19. Since that time, I paused the… Continue reading 026 – Ian Freed – 5 Reasons Why Bamboo Learning Fascinates Me

Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Podcasts, VoiceFirst

017 – Bob Stolzberg – Wise Words from a Voice Pioneer

The next episode of the Future Ear Radio podcast features Bob Stolzberg, Founder & CEO of VoiceXP. Bob launched VoiceXP more than three years ago, which he describes as the "Wix of Voice Experiences," allowing for anyone to build their own Alexa skill or Google action in minutes. In addition Bob was one of the… Continue reading 017 – Bob Stolzberg – Wise Words from a Voice Pioneer

Alexa, Aural Attention Economy, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Podcasts, VoiceFirst

015 – Brielle Nickoloff – Toolsets for Voice Creators

Today's episode of the Future Ear Radio podcast features Brielle Nickoloff, Product Marketing Lead at Witlingo. Witlingo is at the forefront of creating production tools for voice creators, making it much easier to produce and distribute voice experiences onto voice assistant-enabled devices. For example, I publish a 3 minute audio clip Monday-Friday through Witlingo's portal,… Continue reading 015 – Brielle Nickoloff – Toolsets for Voice Creators

Alexa, Daily Updates, Future Ear Radio, Google Assistant, Siri, VoiceFirst

008 – Scot & Susan Westwater – Pragmatic Voice Strategies

Today's podcast episode features Scot and Susan Westwater of Pragmatic Digital. Scot and Susan started their two-person digital consultancy at the end of 2017, combining their extensive experience wearing different hats within digital marketing firms and agencies. The motivation behind starting Pragmatic Digital was the realization that voice technology was following a similar trajectory of… Continue reading 008 – Scot & Susan Westwater – Pragmatic Voice Strategies

Biometrics, Hearables, Live-Language Translation, VoiceFirst

2018 Starts with a Bang

Editor's Note: In my initial post, I mentioned that along with the long-form assessments I've been publishing, I'd also be doing short, topical updates. This is the first of those updates. In the first week of 2018, we saw a handful of significant updates that pertain to various trends converging around ears. Here's a rundown… Continue reading 2018 Starts with a Bang

Essays, Hearables, VoiceFirst

A Journey to the Center of the Ear

The Road Starts Here If you examine the past 50 years of user interfaces in computing, what you'll see is that a new one surfaces every 10 years or so. Each of these new interfaces has been an incremental step away from hardware-based interfaces, to ones that are more software-based. From the 1970's - early… Continue reading A Journey to the Center of the Ear

Essays, Hearables

The Power of Network Effects

Think back to 2007 when the iPhone debuted. If you recall, the device itself was pretty unique - multi-touch touchscreen, completely new user interface, iconic form factor - but, the initial functionality that it provided was not all that different from what existed at that time. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone as, "an iPod, a… Continue reading The Power of Network Effects

Essays, Hearables

Welcome to FuturEar

Hello and welcome to FuturEar! As the name insinuates, the purpose of this blog is to provide an ongoing account of the rapidly evolving audio landscape. My goal is to help make sense of all the trends that are converging toward the ear and then consider the implications of those progressions. This blog will feature… Continue reading Welcome to FuturEar