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Gabby and Hemanth are both music enthusiasts. They love music and want to control their music with voice through any device around them. However, the Spotify skill on Alexa or Google Home does not do what they want such as changing their playlist. They built Almond Music together as a quarter-long class project with the goal of creating the best music virtual assistant. We collaborate with them to integrate the service with both Alexa and Google Home. The integration layer is still under development. In the future, it will be fully automated once a device is added to Thingpedia.
Sharing the smart speaker among multiple people in the household is useful but at the same time raises privacy and parental control issues. In this video, we demo how Almond can be used to identify users with their voice and provide fine-grained access control based on the detected identity. In our design, users are allowed to share any of their digital personal information they have access to, and control who, what, when, where, and how the data are to be shared. The infrastructure of Almond also supports remote access control, where each user talks to their own Almond and Almonds communicate with each other to manage the sharing and access control. See our latest paper presented at Ubicomp'18 for more details.