Alexa’s Untold Stories: Voice commands with Raspberry Pi

Intrigued by the opportunities for voice activated reading projects in school, we set to with an Echo hack using Raspberry Pi.

Speaker, microphone and Amazon Developer account at the ready, the first tests with ‘rock, paper, scissor’ challenges against Alexa proved insightful.

Multiple terminal windows using Terminator made the set up so much easier for one, and more than a bit of tinkering was needed with the wake word support.

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Terminator to organise multiple terminal windows

Weekend sports scores, mental maths checks and recipe requests all worked fine although Christmas themed questions were a bit more tricky.

Fact and opinion conversations ensued 🙂

Back to the fundamental aim of getting Alexa reading an Alan Bennett book, then. Many possibilities but not quite with the same diction as my favourite audio book!

What’s next?  Will Alexa have the capacity to become more of an intelligent learning partner in 2017?

More literary projects to develop and general ideas to explore from this great list.

Big thanks to @heeedt and the @HuddRaspJam crowd for supporting and help with original questions!

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Image courtesy of Lifehacker

One thought on “Alexa’s Untold Stories: Voice commands with Raspberry Pi

  1. Think you said next @LeedsRaspJam on 1st March would be about micro:bits – so I’ve got a kit ready to make a little micro:bot. She doesn’t move, alas, but she wakes up and goes back to sleep – using the LEDs, accelerometer & Blockly on a Windows machine. My project is to convert this to Mu Python so I can code her on an R Pi. I’m mainly writing this to remind me what to bring!

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