Raspberry Pi Roundup - AIY Project Kit special!

AIY Project Kit

Late last week, The MagPi launched issue #57. With that issue came an artificial intelligence project kit from Google, known as AIY. At the moment, we are out of stock of the issue, but we hope to be able to get some more eventually! In the meantime, please sign-up to our Stock Mailing List from this page to get notified when it is again available. You can read my review of the Kit on my blog here.

For those of you lucky enough to get hold of an issue, either from us or elsewhere, here are some ideas for extensions to the Kit.

YouTube

Mike Redrobe has written an excellent post on the Raspberry Pi forum in which he installs some additional software on the Raspberry Pi and then extends the voice-recognizer Python script that AIY uses. Once the AIY service is restarted, you can command the AIY box to “play <track name>” and it will go and find the track on YouTube and play the audio through the speaker. Ingenious! Take a look at how to do it here.

Candy

Someone called “The Arduino Guy” has taken the kit and extended it with an Arduino MEGA and a Particle Photon to make a candy dispenser. A wooden case holds all the components, which also include an LCD display. You press a button (or clap your hands) and command the machine to dispense candy. A short countdown later and out pop M&M-type sweets into your waiting cup. A great use of the kit (although I’m pretty sure it could be done more simply, and just with a Raspberry Pi without using the other boards). Read how to do it yourself here and see it in action below:

Shutdown/Reboot

Ktinkerer has extended the system to allow you to issue shutdown/reboot commands. Take a look here.

BBC Radio

Ktinkerer has also worked out how to play the streams from the BBC Radio service. Read more here.