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May 2020

Mobile Accessibility

Accessibility plus utility plus convenience!

By Digital Assistants, User Interface, Voice Search No Comments

It’s great to see various platforms announce specific accessibility features on this Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

A feature that caught our attention today was Google’s Assistant-powered Action Blocks.

It’s a new app that allows users to create simple shortcuts to Actions they commonly perform. They are powered by Google Assistant, but allow for invocation through a tap.

My Actions and Favorites

We built this functionality into Aiqudo’s Q Actions when we launched it in 2017. Our approach is different in several ways:

  • The user does not need to do any work, Q Actions does it automatically for the user
  • Q Actions builds these dynamically – your most recently used Actions, and your favorite ones are automatically tracked for you – you just need to say “show my actions”
  • These handy Action shortcuts are available to you with one swipe to the right in the Q Actions app. One tap to invoke your favorite action. 
  • There’s no new app, just for accessibility – it’s built in to your Assistant interface for convenience – you just need to say “Hello Q, show my Actions”
  • There are hundreds of unique high-utility Actions you can perform that are not available in any other platform, including Google Assistant. Here are a few examples:
    • “whose birthday is it today?” (Facebook)
    • “show my orders” (Amazon, Walmart)
    • “start meditating” (Headspace)
    • “watch the Mandalorian” (Disney+)
    • “watch Fierce Queens” (Quibi)
    • “show my tasks” (Microsoft To Do, Google Tasks)
    • “show my account balances” (Etrade)
    • “join my meeting with my camera off” (Google Hangouts, Zoom)
    • “call Mark” (Whatsapp, Messenger, Teams, Slack,…)
    • “send money to John” (PayPal)
    • . and on and on and on…

It’s just easier, better and more powerful! 

And available to everyone!

Bark to Action

Bark to Action

By Conversation, Startup Culture No Comments

Mike and his Corgi

“It’s a dog’s life!” – Aiqudo work from home #4

Every Friday afternoon, during this lockdown, the Silicon Valley Team gets together for “Social Hour”. We can only assume that the Belfast team is more focused on Irish Whiskey and Guinness on Friday evenings!

Online meetings are not a new thing for Aiqudo. We’ve been doing this twice a week for our entire global team since Belfast came on board in mid-2017!! We’re experts at effective virtual meetings.

And … unlike other startups that just place cute photos of their dogs on Teams’ pages on their websites, our dogs actually participate and provide their opinions during our meetings. Their barks have bite!!

Happy Friday!
#BarkToAction