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TL;DR – get the damn app; you’ll be happy you did!
This is truly one of those up-and-coming apps that everyone needs to try! If you, or someone you know, has an Amazon Echo or an Amazon Dot, simply upload a handful of pictures, videos or audio clips to their service and, presto: your minds will be blown.
My girlfriend and I recently visited a kennel to purchase two adorable French Bulldog puppies and while we were there, I took a whole bunch of photos so that I could preserve our memory for many years to come. It wasn’t long after our trip to the kennel when “Google Now” recommended a newsfeed article to me with the title, “Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa”. Suffice it to say I was pretty intrigued so I figured I would give I a whirl and see how well it could capture the essence of our memories from that heartwarming day.
I uploaded 5 pictures which was easy as pie (sorry, I couldn’t resist with today’s date) and within roughly 24hrs, my story was ready for primetime. I sat my girlfriend down on the couch and asked Alexa to que up our story. My girlfriend’s jaw immediately fell wide open and she looked at me with speechless confusion interspersed with flashes of intrigue. “How on earth…? What is she…? How did she…?” The questions went on. By the end of our story I couldn’t wait to tell her all about the Mylestone app and how it had done what we had just observed.
I honestly believe this app has tremendous potential and it will continue to grow even smarter and more eloquent as time goes on. Once Mylestone becomes integrated with other social media products like Google Photos, Facebook, Instagram, etc. and it can auto-generate user's stories (similar to how Google Photos automates the creation of visual memories, gifs, videos, collages, etc.) it will become an even more amazing product.
What I find interesting (and very promising for Mylestone) is that it succeeds in telling its stories without giving off what some might expect to be an Orwellian, 1984-esque vibe or an unsettling jaunt through uncanny valley.
(Picture of adorable frenchies attached for today's dose of puppy love :)
I heard about Mylestone because they had posted job opportunities for freelance writers to compose narratives that would accompany presentation of customer photos. The first step in the application process was to try out the product.
I inadvertently made narrative composition difficult for their writer because I did not provide much detail, partly because I expected to run into a character limitation. Consequently, the narrative was mostly boilerplate and platitudes. Hearing it, I did get a good idea of how on a subsequent upload I might support a better narration. Using what was provided as a template, along with my knowledge of the photos, I wrote a better narrative. (But then I tend to rewrite everything. Other users might've been perfectly content with the text provided.)
As for the display of the photos I'd uploaded, the current version of Mylestone's software crops them into squares, resulting in key parts of the images being removed. They also go into a scrolling banner that runs while the recorded narration plays. I think the concept is nice, but this early version isn't quite ready for prime-time. In terms of visual presentation, Facebook makes more engaging sequences in their little bits for celebrating people's friendships and such. Even PowerPoint transitions can be more interesting. No doubt Mylestone will be moving in that direction soon. I'll be watching with interest.
I recently came to know about Mylestone and was very impressed with the concept. I created my memories of recently Australia trip with it. It was super easy to use. I just uploaded the pics from our visit, but there was also an option to connect you facebook account . the interface is very neat and easy to use. Honestly it only took me few mins to get it going. Once i uploaded the pics , within few hours i received the email saying 'You have a new Mylestone memory on Alexa!' . I was so excited to listen my memory on Reverb. I was like 'oh my god this is so beautiful narrated' i wanted to hear it again and again , and relive the my Australia vacation again. the words would not do justice to the whole experience you have to try it once and i am you will be mesmerized
If you dont have an echo, echo dot yet, this app alone makes it worth buying one! Ill never be satisfied with an animoto,magisto or slide show video again. Mylestone takes our digital memories it to an intimate, exciting and fun plateau. A digital photo album so to speak but in a way never seen nor experienced before. Amazing how mylestone tells a story about your photos, and an accurate one!! I dont exactly know entirely how. I think it may have something to do with that great team they have and those AI (artificial intelligence) Hamsters they've got. I LOVE this app/skill! You will too! I guarantee it! Cherish your family photos in a photo album called "a story" and listen to the narrator tell your story with compassion, humor and a wonderful candor. Youll want to watch, listen and share your stories over and over again! My hats off to the entire team and those AI Hamsters at Mylestone. You've made what i like to call " story albums" ill cherish and my childrens children will have to cherish. Just get the app/skill!! You can thank me later America!