Thanks for your thoughts on this feature. Glad to see that you like the idea behind this experimental feature.
It basically boils down to making it easy for the end user to consume information given by the Bot and when someone is speaking something out loud, it’s a lot easier to understand it, compared to focusing your eyes and mind to read.
In a way, it is like Movies vs Books.
1, 2. The remarks that you have mentioned is something we noticed ourselves in our own tests. As I mentioned above, this feature uses the SpeechSynthesis feature of the HTML5 Compliant Browsers, and it is still a very new Web capability, that’s why different browsers have different implementation of this, and is not yet properly standardized. Better Standardization and Customization in terms of Speech Speed, Speech Language, Voice Accent, etc… is expected in the future. But we will also explore what we can do with the current state of this capability.
This is something I agree is required. We are exploring how we can do, as it will require addition of an extra UI element in the Chat interface, which should be accessible to the end user at all the time.
Yes, this is something we definitely want to explore in the future. Although designing the UX for this will be a lot trickier than SpeechSynthesis. As the user should be able to control different input UI elements with just Voice.
Would love to check your Bot Explaining the Swiss Employement Law. Please do share it here in the community, if you can, so that it inspires other Bot makers to make such useful Bots.
Thanks again for your detailed insights about this feature. This is really helpful.