‚ĚĮ Guillaume Laforge

Actions-on-Google

Chatbots: switching the second gear

My buddy¬†Wassim¬†and I were back on stage together to talk about chatbots, with¬†Actions on Google¬†and¬†Dialogflow, at¬†DevFest Lille and Best of Web Paris. I’d like to share with you the slides of the presentation (the video has been recorded and will be available at a later time.) You might be interested in those two codelabs to get started on this journey: Build Actions for the Google Assistant - level 1 Build Actions for the Google Assistant - level 2 Here’s the presentation given at DevFest Lille: Read more...

Build apps for voice, chat, web and mobile

ServerlessConf Paris¬†is in full swing this week, and I had the chance yesterday to participate in a workshop with my colleague Frank, to cover building apps for voice, chat, web and mobile, using Google’s serverless¬†solutions. In particular, for voice & chat, I spoke about Dialogflow and Google Assistant / Actions¬†on Google, using¬†Cloud Functions¬†for my business logic, while in the afternoon we covered¬†Firebase¬†un more depth. Read more...

More voice control for Actions on Google

Today, there were some interesting announcements for Actions on Google, for building your conversational interfaces for the Google Assistant. Among the great news, one item particularly caught my attention: the improved SSML support: Better SSML: We recently rolled out an update to the web simulator which includes a new SSML audio design experience. We now give you more options for creating natural, quality dialog using newly supported SSML tags, including , , and others. Read more...

Building your own chatbots with API.ai and Cloud Functions

A few weeks ago, my buddy¬†Wassim¬†and I had the chance to present again on the topic of chatbots, with API.AI and Cloud Functions, at the¬†DevFest Toulouse¬†conference. Here’s the latest update to our slide deck: There’s also a video (in French) of the same content from Devoxx France, where I was showing how to build a conference chatbot: Chatbots, per se, are not really new, in the sense that we’ve been developing bots for things like IRC for a long time, but back in the day, it was simply some regular expression labor of love, rather than the natural language that we use today. Read more...

Happy Pi Day! Google Home helps you learn the digits of Pi

You know what? It’s Pi Day today! Well, if you follow the American date standard, it’s 3.14 today, a nice approximation of Pi. Last year, in a past life, I had¬†played with Pi¬†already, but this year, my awesome colleagues (Ray,¬†Sandeep,¬†Francesc,¬†Ian) have been working on some very cool demos around Pi, with the “Pi delivery”, at¬†https://pi.delivery/ You can transform the Pi digits in a nice melody, show a D3. Read more...

Extending the Google Assistant with Actions on Google

Last week, in San Francisco, took place the¬†Google Cloud Next 2017¬†conference, and I had the pleasure to co-present a session on “Extending the Google Assistant with Actions on Google”, with Brad Abrams, product manager on the assistant technology at Google. The Google Assistant is the conversational user interface that helps you get things done in your world. Actions on Google let you build on this assistance, while your integrations can help you engage users through Google Home on Pixel, Android and many other devices that connect with Google Assistant. Read more...