February 11, 2015

Build a Raspberry Pi-based Personal Assistant

With the right software a Raspberry Pi can respond to voice control, and also return information to you with speech synthesis. Using a combination of this software and some external audio circuitry it is possible to create a Pi-based device which is voice-controlled and return information on command.

This has been demonstrated by Instructables member janw who has created his Raspberry Pi personal assistant and mounted it inside a classic intercom enclosure. Audio input and output is handled with a USB sound card, and with easily-obtainable voicecommand software the Pi can listen and execute your commands. An example of which is demonstrated in the following video:

For complete instructions on making your own version, check out the project's Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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