Digital Assistants

Digital assistants are AI-based tools that use natural language processing to perform tasks, such as answering questions and controlling devices. Examples include Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant, which work with a variety of devices. They learn from user interactions to provide personalized suggestions and can integrate with other apps and services. While convenient, digital assistants raise privacy and security concerns. Overall, they have revolutionized how we interact with technology, making it more natural and efficient.

Tech Kits

Tech Kits are part of the walk-in service provided by OPIM Innovate. There are three levels of difficulty meant for different users and their experience with the different technologies. Many of the Tech Kits build off each other as you progress.


Introducing Digital Assistants

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: Digital assistants, also known as virtual assistants are voice activated software that can understand and carry out electric tasks for you. Rather than opening apps on your device to perform various tasks, the digital assistant on your device can do it for you, just by speaking to them. For example, you can tell your phone to make a phone call, and the digital assistant will carry out this task for you. This tech kit will explore the various digital assistants we have in the Innovate Lab.


Alexa Skills with Blueprint

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: Alexa is Amazon's voice controlled assistant. You can not only interact with Alexa through its built in knowledge and tasks, but you can also create your own skill to interact with. The Alexa Skills Kit is a software development framework that allows you to code your own skill to add to your Alexa. Example skills include trivia games, flashcards, fact generators, etc.


Using the Amazon Developer Console

Length: 60 Minutes

Description: The purpose of building this skill is to teach you how the different pieces of the Alexa development process fit together, while still producing an interesting, useful skill that others can enjoy. This Kit will allow you to fully code a fact sharing skill.




Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

Type: Smart Assistant

Description: Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Google home

Google Home

Type: Smart Assistant

Description: Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, "Ok Google".

Voice Flow logo

Voice Flow

Type: Online Platform

Description: Voiceflow is an online platform that easily lets you build voice apps for Alexa Skills or Google Actions. This platform utilizes an intuitive drag and drop system that allows for simple visual diagrams that are then converted to skills.