Despite critical security flaws with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, consumers are willingly bringing voice assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo into their residences - "roommates" that are always on, always listening and always recording (giving the crazy goldfish roommate from "Friends" a run for his money).
Should we be surprised? No. Consumers are willing to trade privacy for convenience, and voice assistants provide unparalleled convenience (think about the assistant delivering a restaurant recommendation based on background noise or lack thereof or even tone of voice). Much of what assistants do is based on machine learning, but to keep up, developers should expand their skills to designing for voice experiences, particularly as it relates to making their digital properties accessible to voice assistants and ensuring consistency across touchpoints.
Last month, Coding Dojo announced the addition of a new in-person class, video series and hackathon that will train developers to create new capabilities called "skills" for Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo. More recently, Amazon announced the availability of the free series of Alexa-focused Coding Dojo YouTube videos for novice or established developers looking to refine their skill set.
"Alexa gets smarter every day through the skills built by talented developers like the ones trained by Coding Dojo," said Rob Pulciani, director of Amazon Alexa. "We are pleased to work with Coding Dojo to train the developer community to create high-quality, creative and unique skills for Alexa."