I had mostly forgotten about this project until a couple of days ago Matt aka The Raspberry Pi Guy published a very polished and comprehensive set of instructions for setting up your own Alexa. After following his guide and downloading his very nicely packaged code I had alexa up and running within 20 minutes. This projects uses the SenseHat both as a trigger and to display a nice graphical sound level and useful icons.
I’ve embedded his video here as it is a really good resource to follow.
Matt’s detailed instructions can also be found here on his blog.
This a project definitely worth looking at even just for the bragging rights to say you have Alexa and Siri at home!
A couple of observation (not a reflection on Matt’s work but on Alexa)
- If you are outside of America you can’t set your location
- Temperature measurements (e.g. for the weather) are in Fahrenheit
- You can get your local weather by asking for the weather in a certain location
- I couldn’t get Alexa to play my music or read my audio books to me
Do give it a go, it is definitely a lot of fun.
Matt recommends the following USB microphone. I am using a ProSound USB mic from Maplin.
So if you have a few minutes to spare give it a go.