We are thrilled to welcome you to The Voice Beat, a monthly newsletter by Pulse Labs. In it, you’ll find a curated selection of the latest developments in the voice ecosystem and product updates.  

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The Pulse Labs Team

A Case Study of Stephen King Library by Skilled Creative

Stephen King is a master storyteller with more than 50 titles in publication. With so many choices, it’s hard to know where to begin. The Stephen King Library skill from Skilled Creative guides the user through a series of questions designed to pair them with a customized reading list. Find out how Pulse Labs helped optimize this experience in our latest case study.
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Designing for Voice - Handling Unpredicted Inputs

What should your voice application do when it receives an unpredicted user input? Always expect the unexpected. We offer some advice on best practices for how to gracefully handle the unexpected in voice design.
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Voice-First Must Reads

The Edison Smart Audio Report

Edison Research and NPR released their joint Spring 2019 Smart Audio Report. Based on surveys of over 1,600 people, the report looked at a wide range of habits, behaviors, and motivations revealing smart speaker usage and trends among U.S. adults.  
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Building a Better Voice UI Experience

SoundHoud and Houndify have published a best practice guide to building a better VUI for today’s voice-first experiences. It includes expert advice from a team of strategists, designers, and developers.
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HBO's 'Westworld: The Maze' Wins Cannes Grand Prix

The Alexa skill Westworld: The Maze, based on HBO’s popular show, won the Grand Prix in Radio and Audio at the Cannes Lions Int’l Fest. Created by 360i and Xandra,The Maze is an interactive adventure game. Congratulations to 360i and Xandra!
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Pulse Labs in the News

📷: Keynote at re:MARS. Photo courtesy of Ashish Shah

Dylan Zwick, our CPO, joined host Jamin Brazil for the NEXT 2019 pre-conference series podcast to discuss how voice-first technology and innovation are changing the market research industry. Dylan is also among those featured on the Voicebot Podcast from re:MARS.  

Our CTO, Ashish Shah, is among those quoted in "Alexa Conversations to Automate Elements of Skill Building Using AI and Make User Experiences More Natural While Boosting Discovery" by Bret Kinsella for

Save the Date

July 22-25: Dylan Zwick will be a speaker and panelist at VOICE Summit in Newark, NJ. He'll present: "VUI vs GUI: Profound Differences between Voice Design and Visual Design" on July 23 and will be part of the panel "What is Inclusive Voice Design?" on July 25th.
Get 15% off tickets with code DZ83: