Chat to Ada Lovelace via a Raspberry Pi
Our friends, 8 Bits and a Byte, have built a Historic Voicebot, allowing users to chat to their favourite historical figures.
It’s rather marvellous.
All the skills
Coding? Check. Woodwork? Check. Tearing apart a Google AIY Kit in order to retrofit it into a vintage telephone while ensuring it can still pick up voice via the handset? Check, check, check – this project has it all.
The concept consists of two parts:
- A touchscreen with animations of a historical figure. The touchscreen also displays the dialog and has buttons so people can ask an FAQ.
- A physical phone that captures speech and gives audio output, so it can be used to ask questions and listen to the answer.
While Nicole doesn’t go into full detail in the video, the Ada animation uses Dialogflow, Node.js, and HTML Canvas to work, and pairs up with the existing tech in the Google AIY Kit.
And, if you don’t have an AIY Kit to hand, don’t worry; you can have the same functionality using a standard USB speaker and microphone, and Google Home running on a Raspberry Pi.
You can find a tutorial for the whole project on hackster.io.
Follow 8 Bits and a Byte
There are a lot of YouTube channels out there that don’t have the follow count we reckon they deserve, and 8 Bits and a Byte is one of them. So, head to their channel and click that subscribe button, and be sure to check out their other videos for some more Raspberry Pi goodness.
Just received the new pi 4 with 4gb memory
Had a few problems already. The HDMI to microHDMI converter had a defective shield, so couldn’t use it. The sockets are weak and probably wont last. Good job there are two but why so small?
No instructions where to fit heat shield but worked it out via a picture online. good job it does run a bit hot even without HDMI.
Next comments when I get a HDMI converter.
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