28 Apr '17, 6pm

How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo

Photos: W. Wayt Gibbs Speakers That Listen: A Raspberry Pi and a sound processing board are mounted on the back of these speakers [bottom], creating a voice-controlled jukebox. As a young man, I yearned for a machine like the ship’s computer on Star Trek: a gadget that can listen and obey a human voice, and answer in kind. Fifteen years ago, after reading about university researchers who had gotten voice-controlled artificial intelligence systems working, I taught myself Linux and set up a server in my attic in the hope that the technology had arrived to let me build such a thing myself. It had not. But now voice control has come to the masses. Amazon’s Echo smart speaker was the hot holiday gift of 2016, and last year the company released the smaller Dot and Tap gadgets. Like the Echo, these tie into Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant, Alexa. It is Alexa, running in ...

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