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Voice Application Development for Android by Zoraida Callejas, Michael F. McTear

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Chapter 8. Dialogs with Virtual Personal Assistants

In this chapter you will learn how to design and develop three types of Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA); a conversational companion that can chat about a range of everyday topics, a specialist VPA that provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in the domain of Type 2 diabetes, and a conversational companion enhanced with the ability to execute search queries, control device apps, and make calls to web services.

By the end of this chapter, you should have an understanding of what is required to develop each type of VPA.

The technology of VPA

VPAs are generally able to perform the following tasks:

  • Interacting with web services to retrieve information and perform transactions; either through ...

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