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As a former playwright, Myers is passionate about telling stories, especially ones that allow listener participation. He co-founded Earplay to create what he calls “the world’s first interactive radio dramas.”
“Imagine if you’re listening to an audio book or a radio play. The difference is you’re a character,” he says. “You use your voice to path one way or the other by saying this or that. That’s what an ear play is.”
Earplay began with a mobile-first approach. Then Myers learned about Amazon Alexa and immediately saw the potential of voice.
“I remember going to the office and telling my team, ‘We are going to make a pivot here and focus on Alexa,”’ says Myers. “They all tried it and said, ‘Yes, this is exactly what we should be doing.”’
It took just a weekend for Myers and his team to build a prototype skill using Earplay’s library of stories. Since then, the team has refined its voice user interface, turning Alexa into a truly interactive storyteller. Now, says Myers, there are “thousands and thousands of people” who use the Earplay skill for Alexa.
“As a result of the shift to voice we've reached a much, much broader audience than we ever thought was possible,” says Myers. “That is a much bigger future than anything that I originally expected.”
Myers believes we are on the cusp of a voice revolution. He calls it “the next big thing.”
“I'm so passionate about voice because I believe it's the future of interaction,” he says. “I think it's the future of entertainment and storytelling as well. And who doesn’t want to be a part of that future?”
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