Voice Design Strategy for Kids
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The Future is Spoken presents Matthew Hammersley as this week's guest. 

Matthew Hammersley is the Founder and CEO of the novel effect, which uses voice recognition combined with sound effects to enhance storytime for parents, teachers and children. Matt was previously a patent attorney for various companies. 

During his daughter's baby shower function, an idea for bringing new technology like voice recognition to the timeless tradition of reading aloud to children and making storytelling more engaging came to his mind. That is when he quit his job to start the company novel effect. Matt comes from a chemical engineering background from Clemson University. 

Starting with their own experiences, they end up discussing voice design strategy for everyone. 

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Conversation Highlights:

[00:01:36]: Matt's journey from Chemical engineer to Cryptography and then from Patent officer to founder of Novel Effect. 

[00:04:45] Birth story of Novel Effect and how it all started

[00:09:40] Kids have more patience than adults when things go wrong

[00:12:45] Whose responsibility is it to safeguard a child's protection?

[00:18:03] Handling privacy for kids

[00:27:05] Targeting the right market 

[00:35:25] Designing custom responses for kids

[00:41:05] Suggestions for aspiring conversation designers

Learn more about Matthew at

● LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthammersley/

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