The speech-tab has 2 components, specifically the Say and Quick Reponses pages. Tap either of the options at the top of the page to show their components.

By default, the tab Say will be selected.


The Say-section is used to:

  • Make the robot say something

  • Repeat an earlier message

  • Store or delete earlier messages

The Quick Responses-section is used to:

  • Store a collection of messages

  • Edit the Quick responses

  • Delete the Quick Responses

The Quick Responses created in the steering-page will be shown in the dashboard widget as well.


The chat-screen can be used to:

  • Send messages for the robot to say

  • Send commands for the robot to execute

  1. Text and speech-options for the message or command

  2. History of sent messages

Commands will not be saved in the history.


It is highly recommended to set the options for the message before entering the message itself.

The bar at the bottom displays the options for the message to send to the robot:

  1. Use the Speech-service on the tablet/smartphone to enter the message

  2. Set the output-language of the message

  3. Show or hide the speech-options for the message (e.g. volume, speech speed, …​)

  4. Message to send to the robot

  5. Toggle whether the robot should speak or respond to a voice-command

  6. Set advanced options (e.g. Animated speech)

Using the installed speech-service

  • The example listed uses the Google Assistant voice-service. On iOS devices, the layout may be slightly different.

  • The speech-recognition-app needs to be installed on the smartphone/tablet for the same user as ZBOS Control.

Tap the icon to open an overlay of the voice-recognition app:


When the modal is shown, state the message for the robot to repeat or the voice-command for the robot to execute:


Once the text has been processed by the speech-service, the content will be entered in the message-field:


Tap the icon md send to send the message/command to the robot.

The speech-recognition will use the selected language for the message to interpret the speech. Additionally, make sure the requirements for the speech-recognition-app are met (i.e. access to internet, access to microphone, …​).

Set the language for the message

This setting will also be used by the speech-recognition service.

Tap the language-field in the message-bar to display the language installed on the robot:


Tap the language for the message and tap the option 'Accept' to apply the changes:


The following contraints apply to the languages:

  • The language will always be displayed as 2 letters in the toolbar.

  • The list of available languages is retrieved from the currently connected robot.

Setting the options for the speech

Tap the icon to display the options for the message:


Drag the slider(s) for a setting(1) to change the value and tap the icon (2) again to close the options:

  • Changing the volume for a message will change the overall volume set on the robot.

  • Only the options compatible with the currently connected robot will be shown.

  • Changing the options for speech speed and voice-pitch will be applied for every new sent message.

Entering the content of the message

It is highly recommended to set the type of message to send to the robot beforehand (i.e. message or command).

Tap the selected message-field at the bottom of the screen to enter a message or command into the text-field.


Enter the message or command to send to the robot:


Tap the (now available) icon md send to send the message/command to the robot.

  • This will change the option for setting the type of message (SendSpeech or SendCommand) to sending a message (md send)

  • Tap the icon in the selected message-field to remove the message from the text-field.

Alternatively, a speech-to-text service can be used to enter the content of the message. See Using the installed speech-service for more information.

Sending the message to the robot

After entering the message to send (either using the keyboard or using the speech-service installed on the device), the icon md send will be shown.

Tap the icon to send the message or command to the robot.


The sent message will now be stored in the history.

Changing the type of message

These options will only be shown if the message-field is empty.

Tap the option SendSpeech (or SendCommand) to display the available message-types:


Select the action for the robot to take and tap the option 'Accept' to apply the changes.


This will change the icon in the message-bar to match the type of message sent to the robot.

Type Icon shown Explanation



The robot will state the entered message using the entered speech-options



The robot will interpret the sent message as a voice-command

Execution options

Tap the button to display a list of available animations the robot can show.

Animated speech
Animated speech will only be executed if the connected robot supports this option.

Another option to animate the robot while speaking is to enable (or disable) the option 'Animated speech'.


Tap the option 'Animated speech' to enable or disable this option.

Tap outside the shown popup to close the modal.

History of messages

A list of recently sent messages is shown. These messages can be resent to the robot, stored as a Quick response or deleted from the history. It is not possible to edit the messages directly.

To edit the message, either send a new message with the new settings or store the message as a Quick response and edit the new quick response.

Resend a message to the robot

Tap a message in the history to resend it once more to the robot.


The robot will then play it back using the set speech-properties (voice pitch, volume, …​).

Storing a message as a Quick response

Swipe the message to the left to show the advanced options for the message.

The options can only be shown for one message at a time.

To close the options again, swipe the message to the right.

Tap the option Add to Quick Responses to store the message as a Quick Response.


This will show a popup asking for a title and category for the Quick Response. For more information on the quick response(s), see Editing the quick response

Removing the message

Swipe the message to the left to show the advanced options for the message.


Tap the option md trash to delete the message from the list.

List of Quick Responses

In this component, the user can play or modify the quick responses that the robot will say.

ListDetails Steering
  1. Filter the list of responses

  2. Sort the list of responses

  3. Details of the response

  4. Add new response

Filtering the list of responses

The list can be filtered by entering a search-term in the list or applying a filter to the list.

  • Entering a search-term in the field

Enter a search-term in the field (1) to search the list for Quick Responses with the search-term in the name of the Quick Response.

To remove the search-term, tap the icon (2) in the right of the search-field or erase the current searched term.

The icon will only be shown when editing the search-field.
  • Filter by category or language

Tap the icon md funnel (3) to display the filter-options for the list:


A modal will be shown with the available options for the filter:


The list can be filtered to show or hide categories(1) or languages(2).

Tap one of the options in the list to toggle the display of the category or tap the button 'Unselect all' to toggle all selected options in the selected section off.

Tap the icon in the top-right of the modal to apply the changes to the list.

  • The languages shown in the list depend on the connected robot.

  • The option 'Unselect all' will only be shown once all options in a section are checked. Otherwise, the option 'Select all' will be shown.

Sort the list of quick responses

Tap one the shown properties of the quick response (name, language, favorite, recent) to sort the list in ascending or descending order.

The sorting will be applied on top of the active search or filter.

Quick response

For each quick responses, the following operations are available:

  1. Mark or unmark a response as favorite

  2. Play the selected quick response on the robot

  3. Edit the quick response

  4. Delete the quick response

Marking a Quick Response as a favorite

Tap the next to a Quick Response to (un-)mark them as favorites.

md star shows the response is marked as favorite, whereas md star outline shows the response isn’t a favorite.

Play the quick response on the robot

Tap anywhere in the indicated area (close to the name of the quick response) to play the quick response.


Editing the quick response

Tap the md edit icon to edit the quick response.


This will open a modal with the information of the quick response:

  1. The current category for the response

  2. The current name for the response

  3. The current language for the response

  4. The current content for the response

  5. The current speech-options

  6. Save-button

Editing the category

The category-section contains the following elements:

  1. Select a category

  2. Create a new category

  3. Edit the current category

  4. Delete the current category

The Edit- and Delete-buttons will be disabled for the Default category.
Selecting a category

Tap the field next to the category to show a list of available categories.


Tap a category from the list and tap the button 'OK' to select the new category.

Create a new category

Tap the button Add new category to open a modal asking for the name of the category.


Enter a valid name for the category (1) and tap the Save button (2) to add the new category.

The new category will automatically be selected.
Editing a category
The edit-button will be disabled for the currently selected category.

Tap the edit-button to open the settings for the category.


Enter a new name for the category (1) and tap the option 'Save' to change the name of the category.

Delete a category
This will also remove all quick responses belonging to the category.
The delete-button will be disabled for the currently selected category.

Tap the delete-button next to the category to remove the category.


This will show a modal asking to confirm the deletion of the category.


Tap the Yes-button to remove the category and its quick responses.

Setting the name of the response

Tap the name of the response to edit the name of the response.


Enter a new name for the response and tap outside the name-field to apply the change.

Setting the language
ZBOS Control needs to be connected to a robot before a language can be selected.

Tap the language-selection to display a list of the languages installed on the robot.


Select the new language in the modal (1) and tap the button OK to set the new language for the quick response.

The current speech-language will automatically be selected when adding a new quick response.
Setting the content
The content for the quick response will not be displayed in the list, only the name.

Tap the content-section to set the content for the quick response.


Tap outside the content-modal to save the changes.

Setting the options for the speech

Tap the field 'Options' to display or hide the speech-options for the quick response.


Drag any of the sliders to a new value to change the options for the speech options.

  1. Volume (from 0-100)

  2. Speech speed (from 50-200)

  3. Voice pitch (from 50-200)

The list of available options depends on the connected robot.
Save the changes

Tap the button 'Save Quick Response' to save the changes for the quick response.


Delete a quick response

Tap the icon md trash next to a quick response to delete the quick response.


Tap the option 'OK' in the confirmation-modal to permanently delete the quick response.


Add a new quick response

Tap the button at the bottom of the quick response-pane to add a new quick response to the list.


Enter the necessary information for the quick response in the popup. See Editing the quick response for more information on available settings.

The settings for the language and speech-options will be filled in with the current settings on the robot.