A revolutionary new way to control the smart home, using just your voice.
In 2016 we were comissioned to create a Google Home application (or "action") that would allow their customers to control their smart homes using voice commands.
A groundbreaking new method of human-computer interface, voice user interfaces require unique considerations in their UX and planning, as well as the technologies powering them.
In January 2017 we became the first UK company to launch a smart home action for the Google Home. With a substantial number of users using the action within the first 24 hours of its release, it was an immediate success for Honeywell and Google. The release was widely covered and praised by media outlets including CNET, Engadget, TechCrunch, Business Insider, and Mashable.
Developing for Google’s IoT platform was new to us. With no body of work against which to reference or benchmark, we undertook a substantial amount of experimentation and worked directly with the development team at Google to uncover best practice for developing with this emerging technology.
Our team upskilled rapidly on these new technologies while simultaneously working to integrate them with Microsoft’s Azure platform and multiple APIs. The challenge in getting such a complex integration off the ground and delivered within the Google Home's launch window required a momentous effort by our internal team, one that was rewarded with praise from both Honeywell and Google.
By creating a new team to work on voice and methodically testing the limits of the new technology, we created a robust and lauded action which is one of only five smart home actions for the platform, sitting alongside global smart home giants including Phillips, Samsung, Belkin, and Google themselves.
Google has lauded our action as being the most complex integration achieved for the Google Home by a third party. We are now working with Honeywell on new future developments around voice.