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Meet Mycroft, The Open Source Alternative To Amazon Echo and Google Home

Uses natural language to control Internet of Things. Built on Raspberry Pi this whole home A.I. plays media, controls lights & more.

is the world's first open source, open hardware home A.I. platform. It is a state of the art A.I. based on Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino - two of the world's most popular open development platforms.

See mycroft.ai/mark1/

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@danie10 I'm not absolutely sure that starting and open project with a name that begins in "Mycr..." and ends in "...oft" is the best idea ever to avoid confusion...

@danie10 @poujolrost

How does it do speech recognition? Through google or amazon echo api? :D

@danie10 Unfortunately, "state of the art" is a bit of a stretch.

@raucao compared to Google Home, maybe they should say "State of the art AI based on Raspberry PI" 😀

@danie10 And unfortunately, for now it still sends your speech to Google's APIs. But Mozilla may soon release pretrained deep speech models, so this may change... /me hopes

@cathal it's not using Google Home though. Uses DuckDuckGo for searching from what I see of the plugins?

@cathal whoops sorry I see you are right - it does use Google's speech recognition....

@danie10 They do an awesome job (I use mimic a lot and it's awesome). But the website doesn't really work (links, videos,...).

@AmarOk yep something odd there as someone else said the same, then later said the videos were working. They seemed to work fine for me as I went through it quite a bit looking at getting started etc.

@danie10 @jjg close to our discussion of open voice control agents, uses a central server (?) but not sure what data is sent there - seems skills are run locally?

@loppear @danie10 I’ve heard of this before but it seems like there was a snag (like it uses a google service to do speech to text or something like that?)

@jjg @loppear yes apparently a Google API but being open source that could likely be changed if something better is available.

@loppear @jjg yes from Github it appears the skills are local plugins of a sort

@danie10 @jjg @loppear
Does it work? Last time I heard about it people from had a good laugh

@mdfrg @loppear @jjg probably these videos at omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/07/mycrof.

They have an uphill battle on their hands as G Home and Echo have gone mainstream with their cheaper speakers. It may end up like my Chumby but at least it has a useful Pi inside!

@danie10 @jjg @loppear
Yeah, but it's a joke really. I mean I can vote for that as a FOSS user but I won't recommend it to anyone else.