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Method and System for Designing Voice-First Prototypes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000256524D
Publication Date: 2018-Dec-06
Document File: 3 page(s) / 19K

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Lauren Tsung: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for employing a spreadsheet as an interface to abstract programmatic scaffolding of a voice assistant application across another family of one or more voice assistants through a voice design kit. The method and system includes structured design templates reflecting up-to-date layouts currently supported by a voice assistant application's platform to enable the creation of high-fidelity wireframes to be further exported as image assets. Accordingly, the image assets enables simulation of a realistic multimodal experience to be tested on an actual device or a simulator.

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Method and System for Designing Voice-First Prototypes

Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for employing a spreadsheet as an interface to abstract programmatic scaffolding of a voice assistant application across another family of one or more voice assistants through a voice design kit.  The method and system includes structured design templates reflecting up-to-date layouts currently supported by a voice assistant application’s platform to enable the creation of high-fidelity wireframes to be further exported as image assets. Accordingly, the image assets enables simulation of a realistic multimodal experience to be tested on an actual device or a simulator.

Description

Disclosed is a method and system for employing a spreadsheet as an interface to abstract programmatic scaffolding of a voice assistant application across another family of one or more voice assistants through a server-side language (such as Node.js) and a design application to generate graphical wireframes for voice assistants that support multimodal experiences.  The method and system includes design templates that follow strict guidelines of voice assistant’s platform to enable the creation of multimodal prototypes by generating high-fidelity, realistic graphical assets to be tested and validated on an actual device or simulator, enhancing the voice-first interaction.  The design templates are employed for wireframing and generating mocks for design ideation, to be further used as exported URLs while prototyping.  The method and system enables employing spreadsheets for a server-side language (such as Node.js) script to parse an intent of a user (the intention behind a user’s utterance), utterances (user commands/instructions), and response designs for autogenerating an interaction model (mapping between intents and utterances).   One or more assistant responses include voice and card designs. One or more assistant responses may also include one or more of other sensory interfaces.  Accordingly, the autogenerated design/interaction model is tested without having to publish to a public application store associated with the voice-assistant providing the abstracted programmatic scaffolding.

In accordance with the method and system, a user/product team populates a spreadsheet with one or more dialog designs with optional card assets linked.  In an example, a user/product team intending to input one or more questions and answers ideally focuses on aspects included in a voice user interface tab (VUI) and cards tab.  The VUI tab includes, but is not limited to, intent, utterance variation and response columns.  Additionally, the cards tab maps the intent column to card assets, wherein the card assets are URLs of image assets exported from one or more graphic design application (for example, sketch) templates.  Further, an intermediate conversational user interface designer employs the optional tab of custom entities to supply a dictionary for one or more slot...