Cre­ate a Voice As­sis­tant

Maximum PC - - PUT YOUR PI TO WORK -

WHO NEEDS THE AMA­ZON ECHO? Peo­ple who can’t do things for them­selves. With a Rasp­berry Pi, a suit­able mi­cro­phone, an ex­ter­nal speaker, and a cer­tain level of pa­tience, you can cre­ate your very own voice as­sis­tant that uses pre­cisely the same voice ser­vice that Ama­zon uses on the Echo, mean­ing you have ac­cess to all the skills and en­hance­ments that go along with it, and it starts au­to­mat­i­cally when you power up your Pi. You need to reg­is­ter a free Ama­zon de­vel­oper ac­count in or­der to gain ac­cess to the API—and, if we’re hon­est, the com­bined cost of hard­ware is greater than the price of an Echo Dot, but don’t let a silly thing like that put you off.

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