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New Portfolio Entry: Echo Look

I am beyond delighted to formally share here that my “secret” Amazon project has finally been announced to the public and is making it into people’s homes. In 2014, I was hired into Amazon as employee #3 on the Echo Look project. The Echo Look is a first-of-its-kind home photography device that allows customers to document their wardrobes and obtain real-time feedback from stylists from the comfort of their homes. The Echo Look is also fully Alexa enabled – meaning not only hands-free operation of the fashion photography features, but access to everything else Alexa can do. As the first…

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Launching “Giving Voice to Your Voice Designs”

I had the extreme pleasure of debuting my interactive workshop on voice user interface design, “Giving Voice to Your Voice Designs,” at Interaction ’17 in New York this February. Following the successful launch of this workshop, I am now accepting inquiries about teaching the course in the US or abroad. It’s an excellent choice for maker groups, local design org chapters, or design and technology conferences with workshop tracks. Upcoming Appearances I’m delighted to announce the following confirmed workshop events in 2017 – stay tuned for additional announcements coming soon. EuroIA (Stockholm, Sweden): September 30, 2017 (half-day workshop) Webdagene (Oslo,…

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UX Rants: Facebook and Notifications

First in a series of blunt UX posts deconstructing problems with everyday scenarios. This time around? Notifications in Facebook. Notification systems are near and dear to my heart; I’ve worked in some capacity on 4 different notification systems across multiple teams. Unfortunately, Facebook is getting a bit too aggressive these days… Facebook, I get it. Folks are resistant to change. We complain every time you change a font size or add a pixel to a post box. But you’ve made some changes in the past few months that are hurting my ability and desire to interact with the app in…

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Alexa Knows Pokemon Types

I’m proud to introduce my first publicly released Alexa Skill, “Trainer Tips.” This (unofficial) Pokemon reference skill gives Alexa the ability to provide you with type matchup information while you’re in the thick of a battle. With 18 Pokemon types in the latest games, it’s hard to track all of the immunities, strengths, and weaknesses without a college course. 😉 What You Can Do The Trainer Tips skill supports three kinds of requests: Type Strengths Check the types that a particular “hero” type is strong against. Ask questions like: “Alexa, ask Trainer Tips about Steel strengths” “Alexa, ask Trainer Tips…

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Hello Computer

We’ve already established I grew up in a Trekkie household – so even though my fervor was largely attained in adulthood, I did still have strong opinions about parts of that universe. Specifically, my favorite Trek movie was always Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Of course, the juxtaposition of those future characters in present-day was delightful and a large part of what I liked about the film (I’ve always been drawn more to comedy.) But the scene I’ve always most remembered involves Scotty attempting to conduct some research via an 80’s era PC. He walks up to the giant…

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