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

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 in areas that I myself find joy, that may not currently be so accessible (whether accessible at all, or just not quite affordable right now). The result of this project was…

Exploring Actions on Google Responses: Basic Card

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 only for surfaces that support visual (actions.capability.SCREEN_OUTPUT) output. A Basic Card will look something like this on screen: The important thing to note when using the Basic Card is that there must…

Exploring Actions on Google Responses: Simple Response

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 supported for both visual (actions.capability.SCREEN_OUTPUT) and audio (actions.capability.AUDIO_OUTPUT) output. Consisting solely of textual content, a visual response will look something like this on screen: Screenshot taken from the emulator The textual content which is…