Voice Interaction Design & User Experience Project
The goal was to design and deploy an Alexa skill that would allow users to browse several “quick and easy” 5 minute recipes, then select one and have Alexa assist with the meal preparation.
A voice assistant is a wonderful thing, it can remind us of appointments, tell us the weather and send us directions. However, using voice for a recipe or cooking guide – presents itself difficulties without a visual aid.
I did however enjoy designing “Cook for Me” because as a voice assistant user myself, I quickly realized that writing out utterances and prompts within Amazon Developer Console proved to be challenging and I’m always up for a challenge.
For starters, as a human, we tend to say a lot more than we should and as a device, it often does not understand what we want.
I often find myself remembering a quarter of what Alexa or Siri just said. Taking those points into consideration, I realized I had to re-adjust my writing within the console.
By adjusting the prompts and possible utterances that our user could say, I challenged myself and put myself inside the users head, to define possible outcomes and emphasize with how they would use a recipe guide to quickly whip up a meal with a few things they have in their fridge.
Overall, I realized voice interfaces present challenges and need to be viewed differently to provide a good user experience.
While “Cook for Me” was my first voice interface design project, it certainly will not be my last.