At this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area, acoustic audio developer Audeme unveiled their new MOVI adapter for the Raspberry Pi 3, which allows users to connect the company’s MOVI Arduino Shield for offline speech and synthesis recognition. The MOVI (My Own Voice Interface) Shield can handle up to 150 customizable English sentences for voice control applications such as turning on/off different devices or appliances, entering alarm codes verbally, or interacting with various projects using voice commands.
“MOVI is programmed directly from the Arduino IDE and requires no voice samples for training, does not use an Internet connection and is speaker independent. MOVI is plug and play! Plug the shield onto your Arduino Uno or compatible board, connect a power supply and a speaker, and you’re ready to go.”
The MOVI Arduino Shield is outfitted with an Allwinner A13 Cortex-A8 processor, and what the company describes as an ‘internal 2Gb dictionary,’ which is used to build sentences, call signs, and other voice commands. The board also hosts an onboard microphone with gain control functionality that can detect voice commands at up to 10-feet away. There are even 3.5mm jacks for connecting external headphones and microphone, as well as an input for speakers.
Audeme’s MOVI Arduino Shield runs Debian, uses an open source Python API for the Raspberry Pi, and can be programmed directly with the Arduino IDE. The MOVI Shield will set you back $74.90, while the Raspberry Pi connector can be had for $6.50. More information, along with documentation and downloads for both, can be found on Audeme’s website.