Voice Application Development for Android


Voice Application Development for Android (2013) .. by Michael F. McTear & Zoraida Callejas


Table of Contents

Credits
Foreword
About the authors
Acknowledgement
About the reviewers
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Preface

What this book covers
What you need for this book
Who this book is for
Conventions
Reader feedback
Customer support
Downloading the example code
Web page for the book
Errata
Piracy
Questions

1. Speech on Android Devices

Using speech on an Android device
Speech-to-text
Text-to-speech
Voice Search
Android Voice Actions
Virtual Personal Assistants
Designing and developing a speech app
Why Google speech?
What is needed to create a Virtual Personal Assistant
Summary

2. Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Introducing text-to-speech synthesis
The technology of text-to-speech synthesis
Using pre-recorded speech instead of TTS
Using Google text-to-speech synthesis
Starting the TTS engine
Develoging applications with Google TTS
TTSWithLib app – Reading user input
TTSReadFile app – Reading a file out loud
Summary

3. Speech Recognition

The technology of speech recognition
Using Google speech recognition
Developing applications with the Google speech recognition API
ASRWithlntent app
ASRWithLib app
Summary

4. Simple Voice Interactions

Voice interactions
VoiceSearch app
VoiceLaunch app
VoiceSearchConfirmation app
Summary

5. Form-filling Dialogs

Form-filling dialogs
Implementing form-filling dialogs
Threading
FormFillLib
VXMLParser
DialogInterpreter
MusicBrain app
Summary

6. Grammars for Dialog

Grammars for speech recognition and natural language understanding
NLU with hand-crafted grammars
Statistical NLU
NLULib
Processing XML grammars
Processing statistical grammars
The GrammarTest app
Summary

7. Multilingual and Multimodal Dialogs

Multilinguality
Multimodality
Summary

8. Dialogs with Virtual Personal Assistants

The technology of VPA
Determining the user’s intention
Making an appropriate response
Pandorabots
AIML
Using oob tag to add additional functions
The VPALib library
Creating a Pandorabot
Sample VPAs – Jack, Derek, and Stacy
Alternative approaches
Summary

9. Taking if Further

Developing a more advanced Virtual Personal Assistant
Summary

A. Afterward

Index

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