Prototyper of the Week

Cue Gets Calibrating

Every week, we recognize the Highway1 team that was most active in the lab with the prestigious Prototyper of the Week award.

This week’s winner is Cue, who’ve made great strides since their last win earlier in the program. Once again, we talked to CEO Cam Urban about their efforts:

“With our previous prototype we were using a Texas Instruments microcontroller, and now we have our own custom PCB in a much smaller, more user-friendly and intuitive device that also incorporates an LED ring. That’s the hardware side; on the software side, we’ve dialed in our usability studies. Our earlier studies were used primarily to figure out the initial set of questions and requests our models needed to support; past that, we’ve been focusing a lot on fine-tuning those models. Our latest usability studies have given us an opportunity to benchmark our progress and iterate on making the experiences we know are important even better.

“As always, the work was a team effort: Grace has been working hard getting the PCB ready, I’ve been working on the 3D models for the housing, and Michael’s been iterating on the speech models. It’s a group effort getting the usability studies together and evaluating the results, too. We all have different takeaways: there’s empirical data that helps us review the speech models, but there’s also a lot of subjective information that we need to parse and reach a common understanding of.”

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