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AIY Voice Kit: Inspiring the maker community

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Recently, we launched AIY Voice Kit, a do-it-yourself voice recognition kit for Raspberry Pi-based maker projects. Our initial offering sold out globally in just a few hours, so today, we’re happy to announce that more AIY Voice Kits will be available for purchase in stores and online in the coming weeks. You can pre-order your kit today with Micro Center.

The Voice Kit includes the same VoiceHAT (Hardware Accessory on Top), mic board, speaker, components, connectors and cardboard form for easy assembly that we first made available in the initial offering of Voice Kit with MagPi #57 in May. (Creative makers have since responded with their own recipes while waiting for more inventory.)  

The Google Assistant SDK is configured by default to bring hotword detection, voice control, natural language understanding, Google’s smarts and more to your Voice Kit. You can extend the project further with local vocabularies using TensorFlow, Google’s open source machine learning framework for custom voice user interfaces.  

Our goal with AIY Projects has always been to make artificial intelligence open and accessible for makers of all ages. Makers often strive to solve real world problems in creative ways, and we're already seeing makers do some cool things with their Voice Kits. Here are a few examples:

Cool things makers are doing with Voice Kit 

Martin Mander created a retro-inspired intercom that he calls 1986 Google Pi Intercom. He describes it as “a wall-mounted Google voice assistant using a Raspberry Pi 3 and the AIY Voice Kit.” He used a mid-80s intercom that he bought on sale for £4. It cleaned up well!

Get the full story from Martin and see what Slashgear had to say about the project.

(This one’s for Dr. Who fans) Tom Minnich created a Dalek-voiced assistant.

Maker using AiY Voice Kit

He offers a tutorial on how you can modify the Voice Kit to do something similar — perhaps create a Drogon-voiced assistant?

Victor Van Hee used the Voice Kit to create a voice-activated internet streaming radio that can play other types of audio files as well. He provides instructions, so you can do the same.
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The Voice Kit is currently available in the U.S. We’ll be expanding globally by the end of this year. Stay tuned here, where we’ll share the latest updates.

The positive reception to Voice Kit has encouraged us to keep the momentum going with more AIY Projects. We’ll soon bring makers the “eyes,” “ears,” “voice” and sense of “balance” to allow simple, powerful device interfaces.

Your input is critical to helping us plan our next releases, so let us know how AI can improve your projects, and solve real problems. Join the conversation at hackster.io, and share what you’re working on using the #AIYprojects hashtag. We can’t wait to see what you make.