Build your own Amazon Echo with Raspberry Pi

Amazon He announced to his home in November assistant Echo 2014, and consumers immediately wanted to know more. Seven months later, Echo became a full product, and its revised version will be released Echo Dot next 20 October. Nevertheless, You can create your own Amazon Echo with the help of a Raspberry Pi. The tutorial and orders for the wizard come in English, but the project is another convincing proof of the flexibility offered by Pi, and one point for Amazon por abrir (en parte) a su plataforma Alexa.

He Amazon Echo It is about to enter its second generation. El nuevo dispositivo bautizado «Echo Dot» es mucho más económico que su hermano mayor (50 dólares frente a 180), and although that implies a simplified construction, all major functions are still there. Of course, the real magic behind the Echo is Alexa, and being a piece of software should not be any major obstacles to transfer that magic to another platform. Fortunately, Amazon It provides access to the necessary resources if you register as a developer, downloads all the relevant code, and combine a Raspberry Pi 3 (puede ser una versión anterior, pero el WiFi integrado es una gran ventaja) con un altavoz y un micrófono de buena calidad. Alexa need to hear, and Chinese generic microphones are not up to the circumstances.

The entire process is long, but simple. Register as a developer Amazon It is divided into thirteen steps, and once finished, we clone and install code in Alexa Raspberry Pi with the latest version of PIXEL. If there is an "inappropriate" in this alternative edition Amazon Echo, It is that the Alexa Web service must be started by hand every time we turn to Raspberry Pi. It is assumed that the device will remain online for a long time, but connect a keyboard and a screen becomes tedious. The last step is to optimize the audio quality. basically, That is where the classic "alsamixer", which allows us to modify the capture volume. Reitero: La calidad del micrófono es importante.

At the end of the day, PiLexa baptized this experiment is very interesting because the software side, although the story is different from economic. As I mentioned above, Dot Echo will cost 50 Dollars, a similar sum to which we should invest for all components. Anyway, DIY does not always point at a lower price. What matters here is the experience.

Source | NEOTEO
Posted by Lisandro Pardo

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