"Hey Google, how do I create actions for the Home?"

THAT Conference 2017
Day: Wed, Aug 9   Time: 10:30 AM   Location: Portia (map)
Level: 200  Primary Category: IoT/Maker  Secondary Category: Cloud
Tags: voice, google home
The Google Home, Google's smart speaker, was released last October to some fanfare, a number of jokes (Yes, it kind of looks like an air freshener), and a severe lack of customizations.  This finally improved a few months later once the Actions SDK was introduced, allowing developers and companies to create their own actions.

Things get really interesting, though, once you start looking at api.ai.  This natural language interaction site allows users to create all the Intents (Tie user requests to actions), Entities (Objects used by your action), and configure integrations needed to create a Google Home action.  You can control what happens whenever users say certain expressions, how intents tie together, and even which pieces of data you want to grab from a user's statement.

In this session, we'll walk through what api.ai has to offer, how you can use it to configure all the interaction points for a user, and even how you can integrate with external web services.  Combined with the ability to quickly set up your Google Home action settings (and even use the same logic for other integrations), you'll be up and running on your Home in no time!