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By Ottomatias Peura
Calendar iconMay 12, 2020

Speechly is a tool for building voice user interfaces on any app or platform. It has been used to build VR environments, mobile applications and games.

Now one of our users had a web form in ecommerce domain that required a lot of clicking through and selecting. You know these forms that ask for date, category, gender, location, rating, job title, country, state and what not. Of course all in different input fields. Very tedious.

After you’ve filled them all you are presented with a captcha that you can never solve.

He had an idea whether that could be replaced by a voice form. And of course it can!

We spent a few hours and built the first demo by using our Dashboard and our Browser Client Libraray and we were a bit shocked on how well it worked.

Demo of a voice form

When we built the demo we realized that our Spoken Language Understanding API works great for this kind of use case.

Especially on mobile forms with many input forms are not that great to use. Selecting the correct field is hard, autocomplete Javascript libraries often work badly and scrolling through endless list to find your country is not that fun.

On the other hand, even if you have never used the form, it’s easy to control it by voice. After all, you see the questions on your screen so you already know exactly what the form wants to know.

Of course spelling out your email address, for example, might not be that easy. But that’s exactly why Speechly has been built to support multimodality from the ground up. You can use voice to fill the parts of the form that are easiest to fill by voice and type the parts that are easier to type. Or if you make a mistake, you can correct that by clicking and typing.

It also reduces spam automatically. If someone actually filled a part of the form by using voice, you can be pretty sure it’s not a bot.

The best part is that it requires no breaking changes to your existing form. We used a web form from an airlines website for this demo and still managed to do this in just a few hours. If someone still wants to use your form like they have used to, that’s totally fine. It’ll just add a new, easier way for filling your forms.

And did I mention it’s pretty easy to do? Well it is. You create a configuration with our SAL language and use our client library to map the correct intents and entities to your form and you are good to go.

If you are interested in making your web forms voice-enabled, join the waitlist and get access to Speechly Dashboard today!

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Benefits of a voice form built with Speechly

  • Fast to integrate
  • Works on any web form
  • Full support for web standards
  • Users can use natural language to fill the form
  • Minimizes spam; if someone uses voice to fill your form, you can safely skip Captchas
  • Is multi-modal; user can switch between using touch, typing and voice based on the task

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