Google and Tobii Dynavox, a company known for its accessible tablets and mobile apps, are working together to bring the Google Assistant to AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) devices. AAC devices help people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy control smart homes or other devices through methods other than speech.
The tiles can already do tasks like giving speech, but they can do even more with the Google Assistant. Users can create a tile to do almost any task that they would normally use the Google Assistant to do, such as: B. turning on and off smart lights and plugs or asking about today’s weather or schedule.
Google also promises to be easy to set up:
First, create a Google account and set up a smart speaker or display in the Google Home app on Android or iOS. After granting access to the Snap Core First app, you can configure tiles by selecting a button in edit mode, tapping “Add Action”, then tapping “Send Google Assistant Command”.
Google is also expanding its recently announced Action Blocks to aid the effort. You can already use action blocks to compress a multi-step command into a single tap. However, setting up a block takes some effort.
And starting today, Action Blocks will work with Tobii Dynavox’s library of tens of thousands of visual communication symbols. This means that anyone who is already familiar with the Tobii Dynavox system doesn’t have to relearn a new system, which drastically reduces the curve to get started.
You can embed action blocks directly in switches. This is a huge benefit as tapping a physical button triggers a Google Assistant action on your phone. With a quick tap of your finger, you can make a call, start a video or turn off a smart light and much more.