Before the rise of booking travel on the internet, it was common to go to friendly neighborhood Travel Agent to plan your trip. Our idea is to create an app for the Amazon echo that brings back that experience.
What it does
Before the rise of booking travel on the internet, it was common to go to travel agent to plan your trip. Our idea is to create an app for the Amazon echo that a user could converse with to give the experience of talking to a travel agent. It would be different from a human travel agent in that it would always be available for planning a users trip. It would also benefit the vision-impaired as well by providing a voice-centered user-interface experience.
How we built it
We built it in node.js and the AlexaSkillsKit. We also used the Expedia Natural Language Hotel search API, and Expedia Flight Search API, and Suggestions and Resolutions API. We also utilized the Amazon AWS lambda service.
Challenges we ran into
Designing voice-driven UI is quite different from making a website or app.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Building the the next generation of automated virtual assistents. Getting in on ground floor the Amazon ecosystem.
What we learned
The challenges associated with designing voice-driven UI.
What's next for MyTravelAgent
Getting approval to be published in the Amazon Alexa ecosystem, and integrating the system with more travel-related API information.