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Turn your RPi into an Amazon Echo

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Turn your RPi into an Amazon Echo
« on: March 29, 2016, 03:20:34 am »
OK tech geeks, just for you, here is a post today placed in a hidden, non-public forum (of which I am a member) at the WD User Forum:

Turn your RPi into an Amazon Echo

If you want to turn your RPi into a Amazon Echo, Amazon has posted detailed instructions on Github: https://github.com/amzn/alexa-avs-raspberry-pi1

This works with the RPi2 and RPi3, but can be made to work with the RPi1 as well.

The only issue with this is that it doesn't use a trigger word, it requires a button press to trigger the listening service.

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I plan to get a RPi3 soon, but I will transform it into a hi-tech media player (I hope). So, this project is not for me, but may be for someone else here.

I did find it somewhat interesting to go through the steps and illustrations briefly; just to get an idea of how the innards of the Echo work.




 

Re: Turn your RPi into an Amazon Echo
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2016, 09:07:29 am »
That's a fun little project I've been contemplating trying out on one of the several RPis I have sitting around ever since was made public several days ago:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/25/11307066/amazon-alexa-echo-speaker-diy-guide-raspberry-pi

Although the result is not really the functional equivalent of an Echo, using a small, cheap platform like the Pi to interact with the Alexa Service has some real potential for useful home-rolled applications.

Re: Turn your RPi into an Amazon Echo
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2016, 04:06:20 pm »
These instructions appear to be the same link I posted, but by another person.  At my link, you can click on poster's name AMZN, and see a list of all the Amazon posted projects.