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DIY– Amazon Echo like voice activated smart speaker using Raspberry Pi

DIY–Echo using Raspberry Pi detailed guide by Amazon

Amazon echo is a voice activated smart speaker which used the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. This device can do a lot of things like reading audio books, report traffic and weather, play music from Pandora, spotify and many more. Amazon released a step by step instruction on how to create a Echo like device using Raspberry Pi  and a normal speaker. The open source project is published on the github. Remember it does not have all the features of Amazon Echo, but it will be a voice activated smart speaker.

The guide is really a detailed one , which can be used by a beginner. There are 10 sections for the tutorial

Booting up the Raspberry Pi

Installing utilities & dependencies

Getting started with Alexa Voice Service

Generate self-signed certificates.

Install the dependencies

Enable Security Profile

Updating the config files

Run the server

Start the client

Obtain Authorization from Login with Amazon

The hardware requirements are

Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B) or Raspberry Pi 3

Micro USB power cable

Micro SD card

Ethernet cable

USB 2.0 Mini Microphone

USB Keyboard & Mouse,

external HDMI Monitor

WiFi Wireless Adapter (optional, Raspberry Pi 3 have Integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1)

You need to have a basic idea about programming and shell.

Echo using Raspberry Pi detailed guide by Amazon

Here is the link to the guide

The guide is written for the Raspberry Pi 2 but the same will work the the latest Raspberry Pi 3 model.