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Google Developers Expert & Professional Product Designer

Bryce Howitson

Bryce is obsessed with creating products that people want to use. He helps organizations of all sizes prototype, and test their ideas. Bryce is a professional product designer, a certified Design Sprint Master, a pixel wrangler, a hobby carpenter, and self-proclaimed technology geek. He writes and speaks about hacking empathy to create better digital experiences from his homeland in the great frozen north of Minnesota. Bryce is a Google Developer Expert and can occasionally describe what that means. Ask him about Project M or his most epic Boundary Waters trip!


Tech Talk

11:45 AM | Track #3

Moving conversations with robots from science fiction to reality

Voice interfaces are everywhere. In fact, two-thirds of products showcased at CES 2019 featured some form of voice control. Yet think of your most recent interactions with robot or assistant interfaces, you likely left feeling underwhelmed. Today’s Voice UI doesn’t live up to our expectations and its all Science Fiction’s fault! For over a century pop culture has made promises, like a hoverboard, that technology hasn’t managed to keep. We can change all that. Conversation designers of today can make interfaces that amaze and delight, we just need to understand the rules.

Join me in examining various robots of popular culture from movies to books and even video games. We’ll learn what humanity expects from voice interactions and the source of those ideas. Finally, I’ll share tools and techniques to create engaging conversational interfaces that amaze audiences as much as those created long ago, in galaxies far far away.