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ChattyKathy

ChattyKathy is a wrapper for Amazon's Aws.Polly library. You pass ChattyKathy an AWS Credentials object and she'll handle the calls to AWS Polly for you, turn the response into audio, and then play the audio.

Dependencies

Getting Started

Basic Usage

	var settings = {
        awsCredentials: awsCredentials,
        awsRegion: "us-west-2",
        pollyVoiceId: "Justin",
        cacheSpeech: true
    }

    var kathy = ChattyKathy(settings);
    
    kathy.Speak("Hello world, my name is Kathy!");
    kathy.Speak("I can be used for an amazing user experience!");

ChattyKathy will chain your commands together and not speak the next sentenece until the prior has been spoken.

AWS Credentials

First you need to configure your AWS Credentials. The quick and dirty way to do this is to pass your AWS AccessKeyId and SecretAccessKey directly to the AWS.Credentials object in the AWS Javascript SDK.

var awsCredentials = new AWS.Credentials("myAccessKeyId", "mySecretAccessKey");
var settings = {
        awsCredentials: awsCredentials,
        ...
    }

Hardcoding your credentials client-side is obviously extremely unsecure and should never be done in a production environment. The proper way to approach this is with Amazon Cognito, which is the approach recommended by Amazon.

Once your IdentityPool and logins are setup, securly retrieve a token with your server-side code, pass it to the client, and configure an AWS.CognitoIdentityCredentials object:

    var awsCredentials = new AWS.CognitoIdentityCredentials({
        IdentityPoolId: 'us-west-2:some-guid-for-identity-pool-id',
        IdentityId: 'us-west-2:some-guid-for-identity-id',
        Logins: {
            'cognito-identity.amazonaws.com': tokenReturnedFromServer
        }
    });

Usage

ChattyKathy(settings);

Settings { JSON Object }
Property Type Default Example Details
awsCredentials Object null Any credentials object from the AWS Javascript SDK that satisfies the Polly API's constructor
awsRegion string null 'us-west-2' The AWS Region you want to use
pollyVoiceId (optional) string 'Amy' Any valid VoiceId supported by Polly.synthesizeSpeech
cacheSpeech (optional) bool true When true, ChattyKathy will cache speech to the browser's localStorage after making a request to AWS and check there before each call to the API.
Methods
Name Returns Details
Speak(string) void ChattyKathy will request audio for the desired msg from AWS Polly and play it back in the browser
SpeakWithPromise(string) Promise ChattyKathy will Speak() then return a promise so functions can be called once she has spoken.
IsSpeaking() bool returns true if ChattyKathy is currently speaking
ShutUp() void Makes ChattyKathy quit speaking
ForgetCachedSpeech() void Clears the localStorage of any cached speech

Examples

ChattyKathy can return a Javascript Promise so that you can do something else once she's done speaking.

    kathy.SpeakWithPromise("I'm going to run a function!")
        .then(doSomeFunction);
    
    function doSomeFunction() {
        kathy.Speak("I did a function");
    }

If ChattyKathy is getting too chatty, you can tell her to shut up:

    if (kathy.IsSpeaking()) {
        kathy.ShutUp(); 
    }