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Live from Voice Summit 2018 - An Interview with Teri Fisher

VoiceFirst Event Highlights, Stats, Achievements, and More!

Voice First Thought Leaders

In this episode, Teri talks about the amazing experience he had at Voice Summit 2018. With more than 3000 attendants and talks that covered every aspect of voice-first technology, from smart homes to voice gaming, it’s safe to say it was a smashing success. With so many amazing people around, it was impossible to sit down and have a comprehensive talk with everyone, so Teri asked some of the top influencers to share their thoughts in the form of a clip. So, here they are, from Canada to Germany ...

Alexa Ambient Sound and Noise Skills

Sales and Deals on Amazon Echo, Plus, Dot, and Spot

Prime Day 2018 is Here!Prime Day is here and there are incredible deals on a bunch of Amazon Echo and Alexa products, including some of the lowest prices we have ever seen! This page has a complete list of all the Alexa products that are on sale for 36 hours, starting July 16, 2018 at 12pm PST/3pm EST.Subscribe to PrimeAs you may know, Prime Day sales are only available for Prime members, so if you are not already a member,sign up herefor a 30 day free trial and then get shopping! Don’t forget – ...

Calling, Messages, Drop-in, and an IFTTT Hack

Games, Sounds, Flash Briefings, Smart Home Devices

Two weeks ago, I did a countdown of the top flash briefings in Canada. Today we are going to tackle the top ten Amazon Alexa skills in Canada, based on average customer ratings, of course! Before we proceed, one small caveat: I selected the skills based on the categorical meaning of the word. These are interactive skills and not just sound effects. I decided to sort the skills this way so you can see Alexa at her best. With that in mind, time to countdown the top ten!Ready? Here we go! The Top T ...

Voice Summit with Pete Erickson #32

Tue Jun 26 2018 (23:39)

Voice First Technology Event

In this episode, Teri welcomes Pete Erickson, founder and CEO ofModev.com, and creator of events and communities includingVoicehacks.com, Security by Design, Code Writers Workshop, Machinery.io, DevOpsNirvana and DevelopingIoT. Pete and his team are putting on Voice Summit in July, one of the year’s largest voice tech conferences.Welcome Pete Erickson!How did you get your start in voice technology?Pete got into the technology space by way of community building. Flash-back to ten years ago: Pete ...

Top Ten Flash Briefings in Canada #31

Tue Jun 19 2018 (19:05)

Top-Rated Skills on the Canadian Amazon Store

With all the awesome guests I’ve had over the past few weeks, I had not had the chance to do a solo show in a while. Today, I want to focus on what I think is the prime real state of audio technology. I’m talking, of course, about flash briefings! And what better way to dive into them than by going over the best ones. Here is a list of the current top ten flash briefings in Canada, based on average customer ratings! Time to countdown the top ten!Ready? Here we go! The Top 10 Flash Briefings in C ...

In this episode, Teri welcomes Kesha Williams. Kesha is a software engineer, mentor, professor, speaker, tech blogger, and S.T.E.M. advocate. She is the Founder of Colors of STEM & the Inventor of SAM (a predictive policing machine inspired by Minority Report that predicts the likelihood of crime) & Live Plan Eat (an Amazon Alexa skill that takes the stress out of meal planning).Welcome Kesha Williams!Kesha’s love for technology started a long time ago. In fact, as a child, she referred to codin ...

Amazon Alexa with Dave Isbitski #29

Tue Jun 05 2018 (56:30)

Computer Science, Features, and Privacy of Alexa in Canada

In this episode, Teri welcomes Dave Isbitski, Chief Evangelist of Alexa and Echo at Amazon, and voice-technology and natural language understanding educator.Welcome Dave Isbitski!As a child who grew up with a healthy serving of 1980’s sci-fi films in his entertainment diet, Dave Isbitski naturally believed that technology was the way forward.This started him off on a winding path that led to where he is today.In the 1990’s, he offered consulting services to corporate companies. He then worked as ...

VoiceBot.AI with Bret Kinsella #28

Tue May 29 2018 (46:22)

Voice Research, Market Evolution, and Future

In this episode, Teri welcomes Bret Kinsella, the editor and publisher of Voicebot.ai, the top news and commentary site on all things voice and A.I.Welcome Bret Kinsella!As someone who’s been working in technology since the mid 90’s, Bret has seen how the biggest technologies today, web, mobile and social, evolved. He founded Voicebot.ai in September 2016, after seeing the potential of voice-first technology in interactive voice ads.When he’s not speaking at one of the numerous conferences he’s ...

Voice-first Technology for the Elderly and Isolated

isolation.Welcome Heidi Culbertson!Heidi has a tremendous amount of experience in emerging technologies. Her current focus is on voice technology and it’s application for the aging population. Heidi joins me to discuss the growing use of voice-first technologies among this most important group of people. Heidi in a well-renowned speaker, having appeared at numerous conferences and events, and she truly is a wealth of knowledge in this field.Below you will find a summary of the important points t ...

Trebble.FM with Armel Beaudry Kembe #26

Tue May 15 2018 (36:56)

Newscasts for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

In this episode, Teri welcomes Armel Beaudry Dembe, the founder of Trebble.FM, to talk about his new all-Canadian platform that makes it super-easy to create your own newscasts for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for free.Welcome Armel Beaudry Kembe!Armel is a software engineer and has extensive experience in audio technology and communications. It was a pleasure to have him on the podcast to talk about his new platform, Trebble.FM, and how you can use it to create your own “capsules” of audio ...

Alexa in Canada Six-Month Update #25

Tue May 08 2018 (18:04)

Amazon Echo, Podcast, and Flash Briefings News

In this episode, Teri describes themilestones and accomplishments at the six-month anniversary of the launch of Alexa in Canada. We cover the highlights of Amazon Alexa news, as well as the Alexa in Canada website, podcast, flash briefing and community.Happy Six-Month Anniversary!Today marks the six-month anniversary of the launch of Alexa in Canada blog and so much has happened! Today I cover the milestones and accomplishments of Amazon as well as an update in the Alexa in Canada community, fro ...

Healthcare Innovation, Motivation, and Privacy

In this episode, Teri welcomes Dr. Matt Cybulsky, behavioural economist, and founder and chief consultant of Ionia Behavioral Insights, to talk about behavioural changes and voice first technology, voice first privacy issues, Alexa applications within the Canadian health care system, and the power of motivating human behaviours with emotions routed in voice first technology.Welcome Dr. Matt Cybulsky!Matt Cybulsky is a psychologist and behavioural economist, and he has studied persuasion and infl ...

Marketing with the Creator of Homie and Lexy

In this episode, Teri welcomes Doug Schumacher, Co-founder, Content Strategist, and Advertising Creative Director at Zuum, and Writer and Producer of the podcast, Homie & Lexy, to talk about marketing trends in the voice-first technology world.Welcome Doug Schumacher!Doug Schumacher is a marketing guru. He has extensive experience in radio, advertising copy-writing, new media marketing, and is a leader in voice-first technology marketing strategies. He comes on the show today to discuss the futu ...

VUI Skill Design for Amazon Alexa

In this episode, Teri welcomes Ilana Shalowitz, Voice User Interface (VUI) Design Manager at Emmi, to talk about the tips and tricks that go into creating a quality voice skill or application.Welcome Ilana Shalowitz from Emmi!Ilana Shalowitz is the Voice User Interface (VUI) Design Manager at Emmi. She is a well-respected authority and influencer in the voice-first design technology space, having appeared on a number of podcasts, and having spoken at a number of voice-first events. She will be a ...

Storyline with Vasili Shynkarenka #21

Tue Apr 10 2018 (40:13)

Create an Alexa Skill Without Coding

In this episode, Teri welcomes Vasili Shynkarenka, Co-Founder and CEO of Storyline, to talk about his new platform that allows anyone to make Alexa skills without any coding!Welcome Vasili Shynkarenka from Storyline!Vasili Shynkarenka in the co-founder and CEO of Storyline, a platform that allows you to create skills for Amazon Alexa in the most simple way, without requiring any knowledge of how to code. If you can type, drag and drop, and most importantly, come up with a good idea, you too can ...

Voice-first Technology for People with Disabilities

In this episode Teri welcomes Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, to talk about accessibility of voice-first technologies and his experience as a blind person using Amazon Alexa.Welcome Robin Christopherson!Robin Christopherson is Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, the globally-acclaimed accessibility and tech charitable organization in England. AbilityNet is a pan-disability charity organization that promotes the use of technology to empower people with all type ...

IFTTT and Amazon Alexa #19

Tue Mar 27 2018 (13:32)

Integrate your Echo with Hundreds of Services

In this episode, Teri discusses how to use IFTTT and Amazon Alexa together to open the door to even more functionality with your Amazon Echo device.IFTTT and Amazon AlexaIFTTTstands forIFThis,ThenThat! This is an app that allows you to integrate different services to increase the functionality of each of the services. This includes hundreds of different services – everything from email to social media, calendars to smart home products, and of course ALEXA, among many, many others!IFTTT is based ...

How to Create a Flash Briefing #18

Tue Mar 20 2018 (22:45)

A Step-by-step tutorial to start your own Flash Briefing

Wondering how to create a flash briefing? Whether you want to promote your business, share your hobby, or raise awareness for your non-profit, now is the time to create a flash briefing. In this episode, Teri reveals the step by step instructions on how to create a flash briefing for Amazon Alexa… with no coding required!Create a Flash BriefingFlash briefings are the new podcasts… as least as far as I am concerned! If you are interested in getting your message out to the world, in my opinion the ...

Smart Home Lighting and Alexa #17

Tue Mar 13 2018 (20:23)

Top Tips to Setup Your TP-Link Smart Home Lights

In this episode, Teri talks about the options for smart home lighting and talks about his experience and recommendations for Alexa-controlled smart lighting.Smart Home Lighting and AlexaAs you will recall, inEpisode 12of this podcast, I interviewed Jesus Gallardo about smart home automation. He suggested that the easiest way to get started with home automation was through smart lighting.Well, I decided to take his advice and once I started doing some further research, this is what I discovered…M ...

The Story behind Select a Story

In this episode, Teri welcomes Katie Ernst, co-founder of Select a Story, to talk about voice first interactive stories and the release of her Amazon Alexa skill in Canada.Welcome Katie Ernst!Katie Ernst is a lawyer, author, and co-founder of Select a Story, one of the leading companies that produces interactive stories for the voice-first platforms.I was really excited to have her as a guest recently to hear about her perspectives of this growing sector of Alexa skills.We also had a special sur ...

An American Living with Alexa

Welcome Dave Jackson!Dave Jackson has been teaching about technology for decades and has been podcasting since 2005. He launched the Alexacast in 2016 to document his journey as a consumer of the Alexa technology. I was really excited to have him as a guest on the podcast to hear about his experiences about living with Alexa in America.The AlexacastThe Alexacast podcast was started as a way for Dave to document his journey as an Alexa user. He calls this type of podcast a"journey podcast", one i ...

Voice in Canada Flash Briefing

In this special episode, Teri announces the Voice in Canada Flash Briefing launch and invites Simon Marcus, CEO of Pippa.io, to discuss his company and the service used to host the Voice in Canada flash briefing.Voice in Canada Flash Briefing Launch!I am really excited to launch the Voice in Canada Flash Briefing! I wanted to create something on the Amazon Alexa platform that would be valuable to the the Alexa in Canada community and creating a flash briefing seemed like the perfect idea. The fl ...

Voice First with Bradley Metrock #13

Tue Feb 13 2018 (42:45)

VoiceFirst.FM Podcast Network and The Alexa Conference

Bradley Metrock, the CEO of Score Publishing and a leader in the voice technology space, joins Teri to recap this year's Alexa Conference and to discuss the VoiceFirst.FM podcast network. Teri also makes 2 very special announcements!http://AlexaInCanada.ca/13

Smart Lighting, Entertainment, Thermostats, Outlets, and Switches

Teri welcomes Jesus Gallardo, an engineer specializing in industrial automation, to discuss smart home automation basics, using Amazon Alexa and Echo devices as the main hub of his home.He discusses Smart Lights (Philips Hue), Entertainment Media (Logitech Harmony Hub), Thermostats (Nest), Outlets (Wemo), Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and Wall switches (Wemo).

How to Setup Multiple Echo Devices #11

Tue Jan 30 2018 (17:33)

Drop-in, Groups, and other Alexa Features

In this episode, Teri discusses how to add a second Echo device to your home. He covers how to setup additional Alexa devices, the Drop-In feature, how to group devices and how to use your phone to communicate with Echo devices.http://AlexaInCanada.ca/11

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant ready to take on Canada

In this episode, Teri welcomes Brian Jackson, editorial director of IT World Canada, to talk about the voice trends of digital assistants in Canada (Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant) and the latest news coming out of CES 2018.http://AlexaInCanada.ca/10

Cutting-Edge Technology and How to Use Alexa without Echo

In this episode, Teri talks about how Alexa Voice technology is the way of the future for interacting with all smart devices. He also discusses a way to try Alexa on your smart phone without any Echo devices. Finally, he discusses Cleo, a skill that Alexa is using to learn languages.http://AlexaInCanada.ca/9

An American Perspective on Amazon Alexa and Echo Devices

In this episode, Teri talks with a counterpart, William Nutt, about the pattern of Alexa use in the United States and how this parallels with the uptake of the Canadian use of Alexa and Echo devices.http://AlexaInCanada.ca/8

Alexa Update for the New Year #7

Tue Jan 02 2018 (16:31)

Amazon, Alexa, and Echo Highlights in Canada

In this episode, Teri talks about the milestones achieve by Amazon.ca and Alexa in Canada over the past month and explores where Alexa is going in 2018. Buckle up because it's going to be a wild ride!http://alexaincanada.ca/7

Alexa Routines and Flash Briefings #6

Tue Dec 26 2017 (18:04)

How to setup routines and briefings for your Echo Device

Teri talks about the basic Alexa routines and flash briefings, and how they can make you even more efficient with your Echo device. As a bonus, he reveals some of the holiday commands/skills for you to try. http://alexaincanada.ca/6

Basic Alexa/Echo Commands #5

Tue Dec 19 2017 (19:06)

The Complete List of Alexa/Echo Commands right out of the Box

In this 5th episode, Teri talks about the basic Commands that Amazon Alexa can understand right out of the box! She has hundreds if not thousands of commands that she understands, and in this episode, we cover all the basics.  http://AlexaInCanada.ca/5 http://AlexaInCanada.ca/commands  

How to Setup Alexa in Canada #4

Tue Dec 12 2017 (29:59)

Your Guide to get your Echo Settings Right!

In this episode, Teri talks about his first impressions of his Echo Dot, describes how to setup Alexa in Canada, and introduces a Canadian radio skill. Subscribe for more info! http://AlexaInCanada.ca/4

How Does Alexa Work? #3

Thu Nov 30 2017 (13:07)

The Technology Behind Alexa... Simply Explained

Welcome to Alexa in Canada, a podcast to explore Amazon Alexa and Echo devices for Canadians. In this episode, Teri talks about the technology behind the Alexa Voice Services and explains how it works in simple terms. Subscribe to the show for lots more!

Amazon Echo Devices in Canada. #2

Thu Nov 30 2017 (18:26)

Echo, Echo Plus, or Echo Dot - Which is Best?

Welcome to Alexa in Canada, a podcast by Teri Fisher to explore Amazon Alexa and Echo devices for Canadians. In this episode, Teri talks about the 3 Echo devices currently available in Canada (Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus) and gives his recommendations.

Welcome to Alexa in Canada! #1

Mon Nov 27 2017 (13:05)

Introduction to Amazon Alexa and Echo for Canadians

Welcome to Alexa in Canada, a podcast by Teri Fisher to explore Amazon Alexa and Echo devices for Canadians. In this episode, Teri talks about his inspiration for this podcast and his own passion with voice and smart home technology. Subscribe for more!