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Idle Glue

How to setup an Idle Glue

Idle Glue

Instead of using an AI or chatbot that is integrated in Rapport’s backend system, users can connect their own chatbot or AI (collectively called “dialogue solution”) that runs on their website to a Rapport audio driven animated character using an “Idle project type configuration. Rapport would still take care of translating the user’s speech to text for the dialogue solution (if needed) and animating the responses from it via the Rapport Web Viewer (RWV) code that we provide.

Here, the Rapport character will essentially run in parallel with the dialogue solution experience, just waiting on what to say from the website.  The host website takes care of the dialogue.  The system messages that are generated by the dialogue are passed to the Rapport project via RWV, which is set to an “Idle” configuration, ie the project is set up to receive text input which it sends to a TTS to produce the audio which then drives the animation for the chosen character within rapport.  

Any end user interaction with the dialogue solution is contained within the host site, and does not pass through Rapport.  

Here is a step to step guide you can follow for this particular use case:

  1. Go to your project at

  2. Set up an “Idle” project with your chosen character and TTS voice

  3. Disable "Send ASR to AI" and "Send AI to TTS" options.  (This will allow you to manually control the program flow).

  4. Integrate RWV to your website (eg see here for an example:

  1. If using voice input, capture ASR user input in your website code with the asrMessage event. Detailed description on how to do that can be found at,timeout%7D)

Send the ASR result text in the asrMessage event to your dialog solution via their preferred method (such as https calls or integrated libraries). The implementation of this falls out of the scope of RWV, it will be handled by your website. 

(Note: some chatbots only have text input or buttons, eg Amber Group. So ASR would not be required for this usecase - they can toggle off ‘Use ASR’ in this case.)

  1. The text response from your dialogue solution or chatbot needs to be sent to the TTS service so the avatar can read it out. Use the TTS module's sendText method for this purpose. Detailed instructions on how to do that can be found at

  1. You can use the commands module's stopAllSpeech method to interrupt currently running avatar speech when needed.


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