Letter of the Day

In today's manic world many people struggle. Struggle to think. Struggle to relax. Struggle to love. At Code Computerlove, we're only too aware of this daily struggle, and wanted to help make the world a little bit less struggle-ish by providing people with an opportunity to take a deep breath and to bask in some of life's smallest pleasures.

Following many months of intense research and development, we're proud to finally announce the culmination of this mission: 'Letter of the Day'.

Letter of the Day employs ultra-deep machine learning and a host of mind-blowingly powerful algorithms to provide users with a personally selected letter for every day of the week. Unlike similar products, Letter of the Day is unique in featuring all 26 letters of the English alphabet, including: 'A', 'D', 'Q' and the crowd-pleasing 'G'.

Get it now for both Amazon Alexa and (coming soon) Google Home ...


Ok, I hear you saying, so that's the blurb, but honestly ... WTF!?

As the team at Code responsible for developing our own products, we like to run a number of exercises to generate new ideas. In a recent session we used a well-known technique, Worst Possible Idea, that resulted, as you'd expect, in a number of pretty abysmal product ideas, including Letter of the Day. Typically, these ideas are then turned into great ideas by focusing on each of the product’s terrible attributes and looking at what the opposite might be. However, far from it being a 24 Carat piece of turd, Letter of the Day had a handful of redeeming features that led us to investigate it further as it was, rather than totally flipping it on its head:

a) In spite of the sales pitch at the beginning of this blog post, Letter of the Day was a remarkably simple product to design and build. It was something that the team could quickly pick up and, just as importantly, do so in personal development time. As a team still working on defining our optimum way of working, this felt like a great opportunity to look at how we could quickly build and release something - a habit we're keen to foster.

g) As Letter of the Day was such a simple undertaking, it also offered those team members with no voice tech experience a great chance to learn, in a way that was far more involved than merely reading online tutorials. With Conversational UI primed to take off in the near future, this felt like a good investment in developing some invaluable skills and one that can also provide us with a good platform on which to experiment further (different alphabets, maybe? number of the day?) in the future.

r) Finally, whilst Letter of the Day may not be the most groundbreaking product of 2018, it's by no means the most ridiculous skill available. Amazon is currently awash with all manner of cat fact and fart noise skills. Although bigger brands such as the BBC and Sky are now getting involved, it's worth remembering that we're still in the formative stages of this technology. Who knows what the future holds for Conversational UI. Maybe it will grow and grow into something almost unrecognisable from what we have now. Or maybe random letter generators are the pinnacle. We'll just have to wait and see.


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