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This week’s articles round up

Key takeaway of the week

Call to Action of the week

Practical tips article of the week

Podcast of the week

Voice First Video of the week

Voice First Fact/Finding of the week

Voice First Term of the week

  • Barge-in: The ability of the user to interrupt voice application audio prompts while those prompts are being played. If barge-in is enabled in the application, then as soon as the user begins to speak, the system stops playing its prompt and begins processing the user’s audio input. Note that Barge-In, as defined, is not implemented in voice asistants on patforms such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. For the audio prompts that are being played by one of these voice assistants to stop playing and for the speech recognition to begin processing input, the user needs to use a specific wake word (such as “Alexa,” “Ok Google,” etc.). The act of speaking is not enough to stop the assistant from playing audio.

Throw back of the week

Twitter Poll of the week

New Twitter Poll

Notable upcoming events


Useful Voice First links