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March 31, 2017 AT 12:00 am

Build a voice-controlled Amazon Echo using a Raspberry Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Check out this awesome project using a Raspberry Pi to create an Amazon Echo. Via Mybroadband:

While my Raspberry Pi 3 Model B made a decent home theatre PC, I wanted to test the capabilities of the hardware by turning the credit card-sized computer into a home assistant.

Luckily, Amazon has made its Alexa Voice Service available to developers to use on multiple devices.

Alexa is an always-on virtual assistant that allows you to access services and applications using voice commands preceded by the word “Alexa”.

Using Alexa on a Raspberry Pi was previously quite impractical, as the platform did not support the wake word.

The wake word is now supported by the device, making the Pi an ideal candidate for a home assistant – due to its open hardware platform and low price.

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1 Comment

  1. Robert Wiltshire

    Did you know that using the Snowboy Kitt_ai Wakeword you don’t need to use Alexa to start the Echo anymore. You can personalise it to whatever you like. Just don’t make it too normal as it will always be waking up.
    I put one of these in a Pringles tube using Pringles own powered promotion speaker that fits directly onto the tube. The Pi3 with a USB sound card slips inside. The microphone was taken from a broken cell phone headset and pokes through the side of the tube.
    The video of it is here:
    https://youtu.be/EbhBInqhyBE

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