If you would prefer to build your very own personal assistant voice control rather than use one of the off-the-shelf devices from Amazon, Google, Apple and others. Keeping your privacy a little safer from prying eyes and ears. You may be interested in a new DIY infrared voice controller created using Snips Voice Platform.
If you are not familiar with Snips, it is a set of applications that together create an AI assistant and can even run on a mini PC such as the Raspberry Pi 3B and other devices. Snips listens for the wakeword for the assistant to know you want it to listen to you. Converts what you say into text (STT) then parses the text into meaningful intents (NLU). Applications, such as this project, listen for a specific intent notification from Snips. When they receive an intent they work with, they go to work and “do something”, what ever it is they are programmed to do.
Greg explains more about the inspiration behind the project is published to the Hackster.io project library. “My young 3yo likes to hide my TV remote and I can never find it when I need to use it. I already use Snips voice platform in my home, so I started thinking how I could remove the remotes totally and just ask my home assistant with my voice to control my devices. Turns out it was very easy, and this project is so simple, easy to setup and manage, you can too.
This project not only benefits me, it also fills a requirement for other users out there. My elderly parents for example, can never find the right button to press on the TV remote or disability support to those that are not able to manipulate a remote physically, but are able to say to an assistant what they want to do. Once upon a time… I had 4 remotes, just for the devices in the lounge room alone. A remote each for the TV, amplifier, DVD and aircon. They are now in the bottom draw, I just speak aloud what I want to control.”
Full details on how to transform your Raspberry Pi into an infrared voice controller using Snips jump over to the official Hackster.io project page by following the link below.