Meet Sid: Voice UI Smart Mirror companion 

How might we help people improve their public speaking skills?



Studies have shown that the fear of public speaking greatly limits career growth. It has a 10% impairment on wages, 10% impairment on college graduation, and a 15% impairment on promotion to management. Despite this fact, only 8% of those who have a fear of public speaking actually seek help for this problem. 


Sid the smart mirror empowers users by helping them improve their public speaking skills through real time feedback and progress tracking over time.  


Scope: 4 weeks

Categories: UX Research, Product Design, Voice UI

Role:  Researcher and Designer, Content Strategist

Collaborators: Margarita Yong, Angie Ngoc Tran, Abhinav Sircar, Ke Hu

Tools: Sketch, Aftereffects, Photoshop





Voice Control

The primary way that the user will interact with the mirror is through voice control. The command, “Hey Sid” will prompt the mirror to listen. Since this mirror is already training the user to speak, has the functionality of analyzing speech, we landed on making Sid a voice controlled AI.



Real Time Feedback

Since being given real time feedback on whether or not you are using filler words, speaking too quickly or quietly, or using improper body language is most effective in correcting this behavior, Sid will track these issues and nudge you in the right direction with prompts on the screen.









A scrolling teleprompter will help you to memorize your speech or transcript so that you can practice your speech as you memorize it.






tracking progress

At the end of your sessions, you will be able to see your results over time in order to understand how you are progressing. This data is provided in a very easy to digest manner so that you will not be overwhelmed by numbers.








User Scenarios

We created our solution with the following user scenarios in mind.

  • Professionals that have public speaking fear which hinders their professional growth

  • People that are starting careers which now focus on public speaking

  • Students who need the soft skills of presenting for their first jobs


The Evolution of Sid

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The Evolution of real time feedback

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The Evolution of Tracking Progress

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The Team

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We presented our final presentation to the design teams at Frog NYC and UTC.