Today I ran into an interesting article about the Amazon Alexa voice service (AVS). This used to be available only on the Amazon Echo device but is now also available for non-Echo devices. In this case they run it on a Raspberry Pi 2!
A while back I wrote a blog about the Homey from Athom and I have ordered this device, still waiting for delivery ;-)
Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker and voice command device from Amazon.com. The device consists of a 9.25-inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array. The device responds to the name “Alexa”; this “wake word” can be changed by the user to either “Amazon” or “Echo”.
price: $ 179
available: not in Europe
What do you need?
- Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B) – Buy at Amazon
- Micro-USB power cable for Raspberry Pi (included with Raspberry Pi)
- Micro SD Card – To get started with Raspberry Pi you need an operating system. NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) is an easy-to-use operating system install manager for the Raspberry Pi. The simplest way to get NOOBS is to buy an SD card with NOOBS preinstalled – Raspberry Pi 8GB Preloaded (NOOBS) Micro SD Card
- An Ethernet cable
- USB 2.0 Mini Microphone – Raspberry Pi does not have a built-in microphone; to interact with Alexa you’ll need an external one to plug in – Buy at Amazon
- A USB Keyboard & Mouse, and an external HDMI Monitor – we also recommend having a USB keyboard and mouse as well as an HDMI monitor handy if for some reason you can’t “SSH” into your Raspberry Pi. More on “SSH” later.
- WiFi Wireless Adapter (Optional) Buy at Amazon
Extended instructions are available on the following Github page.
I’m planning to test this if I have time ;-) Of course I will document & share experiences.