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Princeton Students Develop Open Source Voice Control Platform For Any Device 34

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rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Two Princeton computer science students have created an open source platform for developing voice-controlled applications that are always on. Created by Shubhro Saha and Charlie Marsh, Jasper runs on the Raspberry Pi under Raspbian, using a collection of open source libraries to make up a development platform for building voice-controlled applications. Marsh and Saha demonstrate Jasper's capability to perform Internet searches, update social media, and control music players such as Spotify. You need a few easily obtainable bits of hardware (a USB microphone, wifi dongle or ethernet, and speakers). The whole thing is powered by CMU Sphinx (which /. covered the open sourcing of back in 2000). Jasper provides Python modules (under the MIT license) for recognizing phrases and taking action, or speaking when events occur. There doesn't seem to be anything tying it to the Raspberry Pi either, so you could likely run it on an HTPC for always-on voice control of your media center.

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Princeton Students Develop Open Source Voice Control Platform For Any Device

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  • by Anrego (830717) * on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @10:45AM (#46705209)

    My experience is the rasp pi just isn't stable enough in that kind of configuration for serious use (other experiences may vary). When you get higher USB traffic or eth traffic, it fails, and when it fails spectacularly and usually takes the board down with it. There are better boards out there are a slightly higher price range that can handle this no problem.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the rasp pi and I think it's awesome what they've done and more importantly what they've started (this kinda ultra cheap computer was a dream just a little while ago, now you've got a wide variety, and I believe the rasp pi was directly responsible for this). The reality is however that a good number of alternatives have popped up at a variety of price points, many better suited for a lot of the purposes we originally were salivating over for the pi. Definitely worth looking around before trying to force a pi to do it.

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