To explore the potential of voice interaction and upskill our team, we built our own voice-controlled studio assistant, Jarvis.
Built as an Alexa skill for Amazon Echo, Jarvis is an R&D project that endeavours to ease everyday tensions in our studio and promote a healthy working environment. Less than a year after the Echo’s UK launch, over half of our staff now own a smart speaker, and feature suggestions for Jarvis have become a regular ongoing occurrence for our R&D team. Here’s just a few ways Jarvis is helping improve our workplace.
Meeting room availability is a perennial challenge in the workplace. Our studios are split across several floors, and in several rooms. In the past this has meant that checking availability for a last-minute meeting or catchup involved climbing or running up and down stairs, or doing the rounds on phones to find out if a room is free.
Connecting Jarvis to our Office 365 room booking system, we developed intents to check the availability of specific rooms throughout the day, and to find which rooms are immediately free. From a simple question Jarvis can now tell us when a room is booked and how long for.
Since implementation, we‘ve noticed a decline in the number of meetings being interrupted by someone ‘checking if the room is free’; and with less time spent hunting, meeting time is more productive.
With an ever-growing team, keeping track of what food and supplies are running out in our kitchen is a task unto itself. Our Practice Manager Lynne would routinely field emails, Post-Its, quick conversations, and scribbled notes with requests for more bagels, porridge, bananas and more.
To ease this tension, we took inspiration from Alexa’s inbuilt shopping list and built a kitchen request feature, which passes everything neatly through to Lynne and files it ready for the next shopping order being placed.
We recently purchased Fitbit Charge 2s for our whole staff, who have keenly been competing with each other in weekly step challenges. Allowing Jarvis access to the Fitbit API is helping us all stay on track with our fitness goals and spur on the friendly competition. Coupling with our fondness for Internet culture, Jarvis can also output results in the form of a meme displayed on our kitchen smart tv.
While this is only the beginning for Jarvis, we’re excited to continue developing our skill and improve our workplace further as Amazon launches new features and enhancements to the Alexa service.
Screenmedia develop voice skills for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and were the first company in the UK to design and develop a Google Home action for Honeywell’s TCC smart home ecosystem. If you’re looking to explore how voice interaction could benefit your organisation, get in touch.