UCIC Launches New Contest for Using Lexa App and Ubi Portal Voice Prototyping Alexa Skill

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Developers can win up to $1,000 in prizes for creating apps and demos that use UCIC’s two public tools for prototyping voice interaction with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service and Alexa Skills Kit.

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This contest and its prizes are a great way to get people to start testing the idea of adding voice interaction to different devices.

Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC) has launched a new contest to encourage developers to use two of its tools for prototyping voice interaction - the Ubi Portal "Skill" for making it faster and easier for developers to connect their APIs to the Amazon Alexa platform for testing and the Lexa App - an Android-based app for testing interaction with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service. The contest encourages developers to complete up to seven challenges and to post videos of their work for judging. The entries wil be judged on creativity, demonstrated skill, and utility. The contest will run from September 29, 2016, until 11:59 PM EDT on November 4, 2016. Winners will be announced November 12, 2016.

The contest includes the following challenges:
Launching and landing a drone
Dispensing a treat or candy from an Internet-connected device
Sending out SMS and emails
Calling an API and pushing the response to Alexa
Initiating conference calls
Completing three tasks simultaneously
Chaining together actuation of 10 or more actions

The voice command to control these developer challenges should come from UCIC’s Lexa App, which is a tool to test voice interactions with Alexa Skills. “This contest and prizes are a great way to get people to start testing the idea of adding voice interaction to different devices,” says Leor Grebler, CEO of UCIC, “we think it will encourage developers who want to consider adding a voice element to their programs and designs.” The contest offers over $1,000 (USD) in Amazon gift cards, including a grand prize of $600.

Those interested in participating can register at: http://contest.ucic.io

About the Ubi Portal Voice Prototyping Skill

Using the Ubi Portal (portal.theubi.com), developers can create a lesson using graphical rules that will teach an Alexa app new things: sending email and text messages; controlling devices like Nest, Harmony, SmartThings, and others; creating customized responses through the Amazon Echo; and, making calls to web APIs, parsing their requests, and announcing the response back through an Amazon Echo or Alexa Voice Service connected device. Once developers have setup a free account, they can connect to any Alexa enabled device by adding the skill at alexa.amazon.com.

About Lexa

Lexa is an app available for Android devices via the US Google Play store. It allows users to access and interact by voice with Alexa ­ the voice assistant powered by Amazon's Alexa Voice Service. Users can push a button on their Android phone and will be able to access many of the same services that are available on the Amazon Echo. These services include getting general information such as weather and facts, controlling home automation devices, making purchases and accessing Alexa Skills. Developers can also use the app to test out their Alexa Skills right from their Android phones.

About UCIC

UCIC is a Toronto-based startup that is dedicated to bringing natural interaction to technology. The company primarily focuses on adding voice interaction to consumer electronic products and Internet of Things devices. UCIC's clients include top consumer brands and chipmakers. UCIC is known for introducing one of the first ambient voice-interactive hardware products to market - The Ubi - in 2012.

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