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

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 serviscope_minor ( 664417 ) on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @11:24AM (#46705013) Journal

    There are tens of these sort of projects and this one won't run on 'any' hardware as it uses some heavy libraries that certainly aren't going to work on ANY of the embedded systems I use.

    Well, I'm shocked at ther deceptiveness of the article! Shocked, I tell you, shocked AND appaled.

    I mean there are *so* many devices these things won't run on. It won't run on my little PIC12F678 with it's 64B of RAM and 1K flash. It won't run on my typewriter OR daisywheel and it most certainly won't work on my wax cylinder player.

    A clue: "any" in this context means there are no device specific restrictions limiting it artificially. But you already knew that.

  • Pretty cool.. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @12:41PM (#46705757)

    The fun things students come up with!
    My son currently is in an engineering Graduate program in MA. He used to think they could try making cool things and maybe actually build and sell them.
    Unfortunately most, if not all, can't take it beyond the classroom or home made use only. There is a huge list of patent trolls waiting on you if do.
    Start here:

    He found this out the hard way :(

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