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Voice User Interface Projects

By : Henry Lee
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Voice User Interface Projects

By: Henry Lee

Overview of this book

From touchscreen and mouse-click, we are moving to voice- and conversation-based user interfaces. By adopting Voice User Interfaces (VUIs), you can create a more compelling and engaging experience for your users. Voice User Interface Projects teaches you how to develop voice-enabled applications for desktop, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This book explains in detail VUI and its importance, basic design principles of VUI, fundamentals of conversation, and the different voice-enabled applications available in the market. You will learn how to build your first voice-enabled application by utilizing DialogFlow and Alexa’s natural language processing (NLP) platform. Once you are comfortable with building voice-enabled applications, you will understand how to dynamically process and respond to the questions by using NodeJS server deployed to the cloud. You will then move on to securing NodeJS RESTful API for DialogFlow and Alexa webhooks, creating unit tests and building voice-enabled podcasts for cars. Last but not the least you will discover advanced topics such as handling sessions, creating custom intents, and extending built-in intents in order to build conversational VUIs that will help engage the users. By the end of the book, you will have grasped a thorough knowledge of how to design and develop interactive VUIs.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Learning about Google Home's features

With a Google Home device, you can do many interesting things. First, you can use a Google Home device just like a typical search engine. Anything you would type to get a search result from Google, you can simply ask using your voice. Another thing I like to do is listen to music using Spotify, so you can link your favorite music to Google Home. If you have not done this, you can go to the Google Home application, go to the menu, select the music menu, and add your favorite music provider.

The following screenshot shows the Google Home application menu for adding a music provider:

Google Home setup—music menu

Another feature that I use almost every day is the wake-up alarm by saying Hey Google set my alarm every day at 8:30 am. I also like to review my calendar events or create new events by saying Hey Google what's my schedule...