Bixby Developers Chat

Interactive Stories with Ear Reality

July 06, 2020 Viv Labs, Roger Kibbe, Christian Mahnke and Sebastian Schöps Episode 16
Bixby Developers Chat
Interactive Stories with Ear Reality
Show Notes

Show Notes:

In this episode, we talk with Christian Mahnke and Sebastian Schöps of Ear Reality. Ear Reality creates interactive voice fiction and has an authoring tool to create interactive voice stories and experiences.

Christian and Sebastian share how they got started with voice and their passion for interactive storytelling.

We discuss voice experiences they have built including The Iron Falcon and The Magic Forest. What have they done to make these stories so compelling? Why they use voice actors for most dialog but do use TTS and the voice assistant voice in some situations? What makes an interactive voice experience sticky and keeps listeners engaged?

We discuss their authoring tool and how it makes it easy for authors to create interactive voice experiences. The tool is not yet public but will soon be - if you are an author interested in interactive fiction, you should definitely talk to Ear Reality.

Christian and Sebastian discuss what makes a good interactive experience. What are the best practices? And what are bad experiences or shortcuts that new interactive fiction authors sometimes take

We end by discussing the future for interactive voice experiences and voice.

Links from the show:
Ear Reality's Website:
Ear Reality's Twitter: @EarReality
Christian's e-mail:
Christian's LinkedIn:
Sebastian's LinkedIn:

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Guests: Christian Mahnke and Sebastian Schöps
Christian Mahnke is the co-founder and CEO of Ear Reality which creates interactive audio books. Sebastian Schöps is the co-founder and Managing Director of Ear Reality

Roger Kibbe (@rogerkibbe) is a senior developer evangelist for Viv Labs/Samsung

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