TagActions On Google

Chord Assist: Building an accessible smart guitar for the mute, deaf and blind

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In 2017 I created an Android Things project called BrailleBox — a Braille News Reader for the partially sighted. I’m really passionate about helping others and using the knowledge I have to do so, even if it means learning new things to help achieve that goal. This was the main driver for creating Braille Box, but I felt that I could go further and create something that could help others engage...

Exploring Actions on Google Responses: Basic Card

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When sending responses from our Actions on Google conversational tools, there are a number of different ways in which we can present content to our users. In this post we’re going to look at adding responses to our conversations using the Basic Card. When building responses for our conversation tools we have the ability to send what is known as a Basic Card — this a response that is supported...

Exploring Actions on Google Responses: Simple Response

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When sending responses from our Actions on Google conversational tools, there are a number of different ways in which we can present content to our users. In this post we’re going to look at adding responses to our conversations using the Simple Response. When building responses for our conversation tools we have the ability to send what is known as a Simple Response — this a response that is...

Localising Actions on Google conversations

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Actions on Google is a pretty fascinating platform when it comes to the creation of conversational tools. So far myself I’ve been able to create a couple of small tools that could have the potential to help users out in one way or another. But there’s one thing that’s always been present on my mind — they’ve been pretty restrictive when it comes to creating a personalised experience for users...

Authenticating users with Actions on Google

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Actions on Google is a pretty fascinating platform when it comes to the creation of conversational tools. So far myself I’ve been able to create a couple of small tools that could have the potential to help users out in one way or another. But they always been missing that one important thing, personalisation. Having access to some form of identification for the user not only allows us to create...

Exploring Dialogflow: Understanding Agent Interaction

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Dialogflow is a powerful tool that allows us to create conversational tools without the complications of needing to handle natural language processing. But before we dive into the platform, it’s important to understand all of the different concepts that tie together to create the conversational agents that we can create. When I started exploring the platform I jumped in without knowing what was...

Building a Guitar Chord Tutor for Actions on Google: Part Two

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In the last part of this series, we looked at how we can build a tool for Actions on Google – if you haven’t checked that out yet then it might be worth reading it before continuing this article: In part two, we’re going to be taking a quick look at how we can leverage parts of the Actions SDK to cater for visual conversational response using what are known as rich responses. We’ll be using...

Building a Guitar Chord Tutor for Actions on Google: Part One

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Google Actions is a fascinating platform. Not only does it provide us with a conversational tool that gives us the ability to create experiences which make certain tasks easier and more convenient for the user, but it allows us to create applications that can be easily accessible for a wide range of users with different needs. Recently, I’ve been playing a lot with Actions — so I wanted to create...