A major benefit of using Android Things is the
ability to prototype connected devices and quickly scale to full commercial
products. To further that goal, the Android Things team is partnering with AIY
Projects, a new initiative to bring do-it-yourself artificial intelligence
to makers. Today, the AIY Projects team launched their first open source
reference project: a Raspberry Pi-based Voice
Kit with 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 with TensorFlow. We are releasing a special Android Things Developer
Preview 3.1 build for Raspberry Pi 3 to support the Voice Kit. Developers
can run Android Things on the Voice Kit with full functionality, including
integration with the Google Assistant SDK. To get started, visit the AIY
website, download the latest Android Things Developer
Preview, and follow the instructions.
The Voice Kit ships out to all MagPi Magazine subscribers on May
4, 2017, and the parts list, assembly instructions, source code, as well as
suggested extensions are available on AIY Projects website. The complete kit is
also for sale at over 500 Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, as well as UK
retailers WH Smith, Tesco, Sainsburys, and Asda.
We are excited to see what you build with the Voice Kit on Android Things. We
also encourage you to join Google’s IoT Developers
Community and Google
Assistant SDK Developers on Google+, a great resource to keep up to date and
discuss ideas with other developers.