August 20, 2014

Voice-controlled Home Automation with Raspberry Pi

If there's one thing that movies of the 20th century promised - it was voice control of everything at our whim. Although this hasn't become overly prevalent in today's home - you can create your own system with some effort and add voice control to all manner of devices around the home with the help of a Raspberry Pi.

This has been demonstrated by Prince Stevie-Ray Charles Balabis who uses Steven Hickson's Voice Control software in order to trigger wireless 433 MHz power outlets. Thanks to using wireless outlets the system can be completed with a minimum of hardware and zero mains-rated wiring, keeping things safe. The system works very well, as Prince has demonstrated in the following video:

With some imagination and a little effort much more could be controlled with the software, so to get started visit Prince's interesting website. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you need to connect external circuitry to your Raspberry Pi, consider our PiBreak board. It provides labelled breakout pins for all GPIOs, a large prototyping area with solder pads, and power rails for easy power connection:

Furthermore the PiBreak also includes mounting hardware to firmly attach it to your Raspberry Pi using a nut, bolt, and spacer - and is compatible with all revisions of both model A and B Raspberry Pi computers. For more information about our new PiBreak board, our Getting Started guide, and to order - visit the product page.

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