Those smart speakers and virtual assistants have a lot of useful and not so useful features, but the whole voice control thing means there's still a lot of untapped potential. Hoping to unlock another slice of said potential is the BBC, which has announced a new interactive radio play for both Amazon's Alexa and Google Home.
It's a comedy/sci-fi story titled The Inspection Chamber, and it sounds like a choose-your-own-adventure-type deal. You listen along with whichever device you're using, and it'll give you some options for what will happen next. As the BBC describes it, you'll be using your voice to direct the play's characters:
"We’ve built a story engine which allows us to release the same story across different voice devices. We’ll be releasing for Amazon Alexa and Google Home to start off with, but we’ve got the potential to add to that roster of devices and it’ll be interesting to see if we could get it on to, for example, Microsoft & Harman/Kardon’s Invoke speaker, or Apple’s HomePod and other devices as they come along. As far as we know, there aren’t many people developing cross-platform voice experiences in this way."
The Inspection Chamber will be available later this year, and is directly inspired by video games The Stanley Parable and Papa Sangre - along with the works of authors Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka. It's being made in collaboration between the BBC and audio company Rosina Sound, and the BBC R&D blog has a clip you can listen to here. [BBC via Pocket Lint]