Google and Raspberry Pi Partner Up For AI DIY Kit, Voice Hat
The Raspberry Pi single-board computer become a popular way to experiment with gaming emulators, internet of things, and other DIY projects. While the Raspberry Pi was meant to help kids and adults learn the inner workings of modern computers, it’s become much bigger. Google sees the explosive growth and the tremendous potential. Google and Raspberry Pi have partnered together to offer Rpi-compatible kits that help anyone discover and experiment with AI. Their first AI DIY kit is called Voice Hat.
Voice Hat is the new hardware accessory to help you integrate voice into a Raspberry Pi. The voice kit comes with a speaker and connectors. Ironically, Google made the housing for the Voice kit out of cardboard. They’re doing a little throwback to Google Cardboard which started VR. They’re hoping the Voice Hat kit will provide anyone with the opportunity to experiment with AI.
Voice Hat kit will help you experiment with AI
Google’s hope is to build AI developer community. Their new initiative, AIY, is short for AI DIY. The AIY will hopefully bring makers into the community and have them start developing and experimenting with AI. Voice Hat isn’t limited to AI either; Google’s opened the board to Android Things; their smart home platform. Most of the development will revolve around Google Assistant, but some work will move into smart home products.
The new Voice Kit comes with every issue of this month’s MagPi magazine. If you want to read the magazine you can snag a PDF copy. If you want to buy just the kit you can head over to Barnes and Nobles to grab the magazine. The magazine is only a couple of dollars so the kit and some great reading won’t break the bank!
Tell us your thoughts below! Are you interested in building AI, voice controlled things or would you rather just build a game simulator?