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OPEN TALK (ProductWorld): Designing Products for the Future of Voice


Brendon Stead
Sound United, SVP Product Development & Engineering

Brendon oversees product development, engineering and design across all eight Sound United brands, including Denon/HEOS, Marantz, Polk Audio, & Definitive Technology. He has over 20 years experience in consumer electronic global product innovation, development and management. Prior to Sound United, Brendon spent 12 years at Harman, most recently as VP of Product Engineering. Aside from delivering amazing sound performance, Brendon’s experience gives him a unique view on how consumer products tie into wider electronics industry trends, including voice integration, IoT and virtual reality.


Voice-enabled devices like Alexa and Google Home are fundamentally transforming the way we interact with products and have become a household staple. While 75% of households in the U.S. are predicted to own an in-home voice technology device by 2025, the current challenge with these different conversational UIs is that they don’t play nice together. How can UX and product teams design products to account for this challenge and the massive shift towards voice-activated technology? Having designed one of the first audio technologies to bridge multiple voice-activated devices together seamlessly, Brendon will share his expertise in how to design products for a voice-activated future.