This is an official Google sanctioned DIY kit to make the Google Home device that is starting to grace the homes of nearly everyone.
With this AIY (DIY Artifical Intelligence) Voice Kit from Google, you can build a standalone voice recognition system with using the Google Assistant or add voice recognition and natural language processing to your Raspberry Pi based projects.
The kit includes all of the components needed to assemble the basic kit that works with the Google Assistant SDK as well as on-device voice recognition with TensorFlow.
Costing around $35 from Microsensor the kit will do almost anything Google Assistant will do.
You can ask it about the weather, what the traffic is like on your route to work, stream music, take notes, or implement If This Then That (IFTTT). This product was built for makers and is designed to be hacked.
One catch, the company who makes these, won’t ship out of the US, so for New Zealanders this is where NZ Post US shopping tool will come in handy.
For those without coding experience its estimated to take around an 1hr to setup, for the coding wizards it should take you 30mins tops.
This little baby comes ahead of Google’s October announcement where it is suspected that the company will take on Amazon echo with a button version of the Google home called Mini Google Home.
In the meantime Your Google Home Box will make a nice edition and talking piece for when you have friends over.