Ann Torres
Senior VP of Engineering

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Stop Yelling at Alexa, She Doesn’t Get You… Yet

The recent success of smart speakers has been a great leap in human-digital interaction, but there’s still a lot of space for developers and companies to cover to create smart devices and environments with truly engaging and intuitive interfaces. While voice command technology can handle simple tasks, the interaction can fall short because it has modest understanding of human intent.  

In this GeekWire Studios talk, Ann Torres, Senior VP of Engineering, discusses the successes and challenges of recent smart devices and how marrying voice command with technologies like gesture recognition, 3D mapping, and machine vision, can reduce frustrations and enable more natural and compelling interactions with our smart devices and environments.

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