Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant? iDevices smart-home gadgets now work with all 3

Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant? iDevices smart-home gadgets now work with all 3

iDevices may sound like an Apple product, but this connected home brand is pretty agnostic when it comes to its platforms. On Tuesday, the product company announced that its Connected Home line is compatible with Google Assistant.

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Google Releases DIY Open Source Raspberry Pi Voice Kit Hardware

Google Releases DIY Open Source Raspberry Pi Voice Kit Hardware

BrianFagioli writes: Google has decided to take artificial intelligence to the maker community with a new initiative called AIY. This initiative will introduce open source AI projects to the public that makers can leverage in a simple way. Today, Google announces the first-ever AIY project. Called “Voice Kit,” it is designed to work with a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B to create a voice-based virtual assistant. Billy Rutledge, Director of AIY Projects for Google, explains, “The first open source reference project is the Voice Kit: instructions to build a Voice User Interface (VUI) that can use cloud services (like the new Google Assistant SDK or Cloud Speech API) or run completely on-device. This project extends the functionality of the most popular single board computer used for digital making — the Raspberry Pi. The included Voice Hardware Accessory on Top (HAT) contains hardware for audio capture and playback: easy-to-use connectors for the dual mic daughter board and speaker, GPIO pins to connect low-voltage components like micro-servos and sensors, and an optional barrel connector for dedicated power supply. It was designed and tested with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.”

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Google’s handy Instant Apps feature for Android looks set to launch soon

Google’s handy Instant Apps feature for Android looks set to launch soon

Google’s handy Instant Apps feature looks pretty much set for a full rollout. Instant Apps is designed to offer a faster, smoother app experience while at the same time saving space on your Android device.

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