Speech Therapy is an Alexa "Skill" I helped build at PennApps XV, an annual hackathon hosted by Penn Engineering. I worked with Cathal Killeen and Abhinav Rajaseshan, both of whom I met at the event itself. We decided to build a skill (an app) for the Amazon Echo, using my personal Echo Dot for testing. None of us had any experience with Alexa, so we had to work hard to figure out just how the hardware works. In the end we figured it out, and built something cool.
This utterance (as Amazon calls them) begins the skill. Alexa will ask the user to repeat a phonetically-difficult sentence after her. The user can also say "skip", "next", or "quit" to skip the sentence or quit the skill. If the sentences are too easy or too difficult, the user can always say something like "set difficulty easy" or "set difficulty hard".
Alexa won't say "that's wrong", ever. Instead, she'll identify exactly what words the user messed up, and have them repeat short phrases containing those words. We thought this kind of skill would be useful for children practicing speech clarity, so all of the dialogue is positive and constructive.
Code for the skill can be found on gitHub, and more information can be found on devpost.
Here's a video of the skill in action:
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