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Designing Voice User Interfaces: Principles of Conversational Experiences 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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The author is writing from real developer experience. This shows in her real examples. She walks through many use cases showing both good and questionable examples. She also shows different styles of voice interactions.
The book is fairly short and a quick read. It took me about 4 hours to read through it. However, I came away with some appreciation of the issues involved and how this style of UX is just now really getting fleshed out.
I think it's clear that we are progressing from voice interaction hell that many of us have encountered when calling into corporate automated switchboards to more human friendly, conversational assistants.
This book seems to be a good place to start if you want to bypass voice interaction hell and design a human friendly voice interface.
With so many devices and apps capable of voice recognition now, I figured it was worth finding out what the current idea of "best practice" is.
This book offers a useful summary of things worth considering when designing a voice-driven user experience. Unsurprisingly, much of the text is devoted to graceful handling of recognition ambiguities and errors. Improved AI and waveguided microphone arrays (such as those employed by Alexa and Dot) are helping to reduce these issues, but we still have a long way to go.
Eventually the advice offered here will seem quaint. But if you need to learn the basics of voice interfaces, this is a reasonable place to start.
I was asked to look into what exactly an Alexa Skill was. I learned all about Alexa Skills on the Amazon developer site, but during my searching for information I came across this book. The book peaked my interest because it was about designing voice user interfaces (VUI), instead of just the technical aspects of the implementation.
The author does an awesome job of presenting design principles that apply to VUI that don't apply to normal application development, as well as some that do apply to normal application development, but are applied differently in the context of VUI design.
You can tell the author has actual experience designing VUI applications and is not just making it up as they go. I have found this is a few books about new technology and it was a relief that the entire book was based on real world experience.
The book is printed in color and laid out in a nice logical order. I thought the author was always very clear and has a writing styling that made reading the book a pleasure.
Over all if you are interested in learning about the process of designing great VUI applications, start here!!!