Yr of the Voice – Chapter 1: Help

This 12 months is House Assistant’s 12 months of the voice. It’s our objective for 2023 to let customers management House Assistant in their very own language. At this time, one month into 2023, we begin our first chapter.

At House Assistant we imagine that know-how is supposed to be performed with, and initiatives must be usable as quickly as potential. Along with the neighborhood we will then iterate and refine. That’s why at the moment, we’re delivering a fundamental expertise for 22 languages to work together with House Assistant. Oh, and we’re additionally releasing some enjoyable stuff that we cooked up alongside the way in which.

To observe the video presentation of this weblog publish, together with reside demos, verify the recording of our reside stream.


The core of a voice assistant is to have the ability to perceive the intention of a spoken sentence. What’s it the consumer desires to do? To extract these intentions we created our personal template sentence matching format and intent recognizer named Hassil.

This new format is utilized by our new House Assistant Intents undertaking. The objective of this undertaking is to gather house automation sentences in each potential language. Because it’s begin a month in the past, now we have had 112 individuals contribute. The undertaking now helps 22 languages and 14 extra are in progress.


We now have added a brand new function to House Assistant: Assist icon Help. It permit customers to make use of pure language to regulate House Assistant. It’s powered by Hassil and the sentences from the House Assistant Intent undertaking.

We would like Help to be as accessible to as many individuals as potential. To do that, we made it work with out requiring additional {hardware} – simply replace to House Assistant 2023.2 and you can begin! By means of a mix of good algorithms mixed with sheer brute power (we’re gathering a whole lot of sentences), now we have been in a position to make a system that works for commonest sentences. Assist for extra highly effective, AI-powered, intent recognizers may come sooner or later as an opt-in function.

Help is enabled by default within the House Assistant 2023.2 launch. Faucet the brand new Help icon Assist icon on the prime proper of the dashboard to make use of it.

Help documentation.

Screenshot of the Assist dialog

Help on Android Put on

We need to make it as straightforward as potential to make use of Help. To allow this for Android customers, now we have added a brand new tile to the Android Put on app. A easy swipe from the clock face will present the help button and means that you can ship voice instructions.

Help on Android Put on documentation.

The tile is accessible in House Assistant Companion for Android 2023.1.1.

Help through Siri and Apple Shortcuts

For Apple units now we have been in a position to create a completely hands-free expertise by integrating with Siri. That is powered by a brand new Apple Shortcut motion referred to as Help, which is a part of the House Assistant app. This shortcut motion can be manually triggered out of your Mac taskbar, iPhone house display screen or Apple Watch complication. We now have two ready-made shortcuts that customers can import from the documentation with a single faucet to unlock these options.

Help through Siri and Apple Shortcuts documentation.

The Help shortcut is accessible in House Assistant Companion for iOS 2023.2. Mac model is awaiting approval.

Customized Sentences

With House Assistant we imagine that each house is uniquely yours and that know-how ought to adapt to you, not the opposite means round. That’s why now we have architected House Assistant to permit customers to extensively customise their expertise. Our Help function is not any completely different.

  • Are you into Sport of Thrones and wish each response to be “hodor”?
  • Wish to activate lights in rooms by saying “Hocus pocus lounge”?
  • Wish to set off your celebration mode script utilizing a customized sentence?

Help consists of help for customized sentences, responses and intents, permitting you to realize the entire above, and extra. We’ve designed the customized sentence format in a means that it may be simply shared with the neighborhood.

Learn the documentation on how one can get began.

In a future launch we’re planning on including a consumer interface to customise and import sentences.

Customized Help engines

By default Help is powered by our personal intent recognizer. It’s native but it surely’s restricted to controlling units. Perhaps you need to have the ability to ask extra wide-range queries or you’re on the lookout for a conversational AI that may make up responses and current it as the reality. For such instances the Help function helps swapping out its engine that handles all Help interactions.

The House Assistant 2023.2 launch consists of two various Help engines that you could allow: Google Assistant and OpenAI GPT-3.

The Google Assistant Help engine is ready to management your units when you’ve got linked up your House Assistant occasion to Google Assistant.

All methods to intereact with Help will work, as they don’t seem to be certain to the the Help engine that’s getting used. So in the event you ever wished to make use of Google Assistant in your HomePod, now you possibly can 🤭

The OpenAI GPT-3 Help engine will course of all of your interactions utilizing GPT-3, a sibling of the notorious ChatGPT. It isn’t in a position to management your home or allow you to automate your home. Something you ask it could or will not be factually appropriate. However it may be enjoyable!

In a future launch we’re planning to make it potential to configure a number of Help engines to deal with interactions.

What’s subsequent

For Yr of the Voice – Chapter 1 we targeted on constructing intent recognition into House Assistant whereas counting on Google and Apple to do the onerous elements (speech recognition). This allowed us the quickest path to get one thing to the neighborhood to play with.

We are going to proceed gathering house automation sentences for all languages (anybody can assist!). Updates shall be included with each main launch of House Assistant.

Our subsequent step is integrating speech-to-text and text-to-speech with Help. We don’t have a timeline but when that shall be prepared. Keep tuned!


Lots of people have labored very onerous to make the entire above potential.

Mike Hansen, Paulus Schoutsen, Daniel Shokouhi, Zac West, Rosemary Orchard, Tronikos

Language Leaders:
@AalianKhan, @Ahmed-farag36, @alpdmrel, @arunshekher, @auanasgheps, @benjaminlecouteux, @bluefoxlee, @cibernox, @cvladan, @davefx, @dinhchinh82, @dsimop, @duhow, @easterapps, @ErnestStaug, @fadamsen, @flexy2dd, @gabimarchidan, @haim-b, @halecivo, @HepoH3, @hertzg, @hristo-atanasov, @huusissa, @joaorgoncalves, @larsdunemark, @leranp, @LubosKadasi, @makstech, @mojikosu, @MTrab, @nagyrobi, @schizza, @Scorpoon, @skynetua, @spuljko, @tetele, @TheFes, @Uriziel01, @xraver, @zubir2k

Voice Neighborhood:
@Alexivia, @Atalonica, @AwesomeGuy000, @BossNeo, @CedricFinance, @Davidsoff, @EmilZackrisson, @FragMenthor, @InfiniteBed, @Kalma-Home, @Licmeth, @Marlo461, @N3rdix, @Nismonx, @Robin-St, @TaQuangTien, @ThomDietrich, @TomaszPilch, @Wojciechgc, @alessandroias, @bemble, @berendhaan, @dejan2101, @dependabot[@bot], @dobromir-hristov, @frenck, @hugovsky, @iddiek, @jfisbein, @jharrvis, @jorclaret, @kamildoleglo, @kblin, @khymmera, @kroimon, @lellky, @ludeeus, @lukahra, @lunmay, @mardito, @martindybal, @mib1185, @michaelmior, @orrc, @pckahrs, @piitaya, @pmentis, @poltalashka, @rPonuganti, @rechin304, @relust, @rickydg, @rpochot, @rrakso, @rumbu13, @sanyatuning, @tasmin, @thecode, @waltlillyman, @witold-gren, @x15pa3ck15x, @yuvalabou

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