Joshua Montgomery has this week launched Mycroft a Raspberry Pi open source artificial intelligence system that has been created to play media, controls lights and more.
Mycroft is powered by the Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino platform, allowing the system to be completely open source yet support a wide variety of applications and has launched the project on Kickstarter.
Its creator hopes to shake up the ‘A.I market’ in three different ways and explains more :
– Affordable – Mycroft is priced at only $129 per unit, which makes it affordable enough to install 100% coverage in your home or office.
– Open source- Our disruptive pricing is possible because we are using open hardware. Mycroft’s core components are a Raspberry Pi 2 and an Arduino compatible micro-controller. This provides our project with economies of scale right out of the box.
– Open API – Mycroft uses a variety of open APIs to process language, determine intent and obtain results. Since much of Mycroft’s processing is performed in the cloud by open APIs, we don’t have to develop our own deep learning neural network. This dramatically reduces our cost and simultaneously improves accuracy and usability.
Mycroft uses natural language processing to respond to your voice. It makes online services like YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and others available to you instantly. No need to pull out your smart phone, log in, select a network, load an app and hunt down a feature. Want to hear great music? Say “Mycroft, play ‘Uptown Funk’ from YouTube on my Chromecast” and seconds later your video begins to play.
It isn’t just for streaming devices. Mycroft has an integrated high quality speaker. It can play music directly. Just ask Mycroft to play your favorite Pandora playlist, kick back and enjoy your tunes.
Mycroft also integrates with your smart devices and allows you to control the Internet of Things.
Connect Mycroft to your SmartThings hub, WeMo devices or Phillips Hue lights and command your devices with the sound of your voice. Turn on lights, lock doors, make coffee, water plants and feed pets. Whatever it is – If it is connected to the internet – Mycroft can control it.
Mycroft is an open source and open hardware platform. It allows developers, makers and tinkerers to explore their own ideas. Want Mycroft to post to your Facebook account? Control a Roomba? Start your 3D printer? You can do it. Our community will include comprehensive documentation on the hardware inside Mycroft and the software that makes it go. And since Mycroft’s core is a Raspberry Pi 2 and his display is powered by Arduino, there are already thousands of tutorials, Instructables and project kits available so you can personalize him to meet your needs.
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