Raspberry Pi enthusiasts using home assistance services such as Amazon Alexa, may be interested in a new Alexa skill created by Matt Hawkins. To recap the Alexa personal assistant service uses Skills which can be loaded onto your devices to provide additional voice-activated functionality. Third-party developers and companies can create new skills to add extra features to the Amazon Alexa service and Matt has created Raspberry Pi Spy.
Raspberry Pi Spy allows you to ask about the GPIO header pins and the location of specific GPIO numbers. The new Alexa will also tell you when a particular Raspberry Pi model was released. With the Pi Spy Skill installed, you can ask Alexa what function each pin on the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO header provides. For example “Alexa, ask Pi Spy what is Pin 2.” Alexa can now also inform you on which pin you can find a specific GPIO reference number. Even though the information is available by searching the web, the Alexa Skill provides a quick and convenient way to find out more information about your Raspberry Pi GPIO pins if your hands are tied up soldering or building circuits.
For more information on the Alexa Skill for your Raspberry Pi jump over to the official Raspberry Pi Foundation or the Raspberry Pi Spy website by following the links below, where Matt explains more about the process of creating an Alexa Skill if any of you are considering doing the same.
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