If you think being able to purchase stuff with only your voice is neat, kids—who have no concept of money—will think it’s straight-up magic. Here are a few ways you can keep curious kids from treating your Amazon Echo like a real-life Santa Claus.
For whatever reason, controlling blinds in a smart home has always been a bit of a holy grail for hobbyists. DIYer James Wahawisan figured out how to control some with an Amazon Echo, Raspberry Pi, and a few other parts.
You have a timer and clock in just about every single device out there these days, but if you want to build you own, Instructables user GeraldF6 shows you how to do so with a Arduino.
Your phone is probably the smartest alarm clock you’ve ever owned, but if you’re looking for a project that’s a little more playful, Nick Triantafillou shares a smart alarm clock on Hackster.io that integrates Alexa, If This Then That, and more.
Voice assistants are all the rage, but while Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are all super neat, when it comes to using them people seem mixed. So, we want to know, how to use your phone voice assistant?
Kodi is a fantastic little media center. The Amazon Echo is a surprisingly excellent voice control device. Jam those two things together and you have a pretty great way to control your movies. How-To Geek shows you how to set it up.
The Amazon Echo offers our first serious glimpse into the future of an intelligent home. It’s not perfect, but whether you’re you’re thinking of getting an Echo, hear people talking about “Alexa,” or not sure what the one you have is capable of, here are some of the best things you can do with it.
The Amazon Echo is a pretty neat little device, but at $180 for the Echo and $130 for the Amazon Tap, both options are pretty pricey. If you want to make your own, YouTube user Novaspirit Tech walks you through the process of how to do so with a Raspberry Pi.
Android/iOS: Hound is fast—really fast—and while your phone probably already comes with its own virtual assistant, Hound integrates with services like Uber and Yelp. The team behind it hopes more will follow, for a truly cross-platform assistant that does the same work for you on any device.
Ever wanted the ability to yell at your electronics? Over on Make, they show you how to add commands to electronics, including a Roomba, Philips Hue, and a few other things.
It seems like wherever you look, voice control and dictation are getting added to every app, operating system, and game console. We like to make fun of how badly it works, but I decided to dive in headfirst to see what it's like to actually use it...for everything. Here's what happened.
Siri, Google Now, and Cortana duke it out once again: our friends at Gizmodo have updated their voice control showdown to pick the best personal assistant. Check it out here.
Android (rooted): The Google Now Launcher, available on the Nexus 5 and other devices, allows you to say "OK Google" while the screen is on to invoke Google's voice commands. If you're rooted, you can bring this feature to other launchers with an Xposed tweak.
Adding voice control to your DIY projects is a great way to make them more powerful, but it's not exactly an easy process. Jasper is an open source, Raspberry Pi-connected, always-on platform to add voice control to your projects pretty easily.
While computer powered personal assistants haven't really come into their own yet, that doesn't mean they're not useful. The Raspberry Pi happens to work great as an assistant, and Instructables user janw shows off how to convert an old intercom system to work with the Pi as voice controlled device.
Voice controlled features have gotten much better over the years, but they're still not perfect. This can actually work in your favor, though, if you have problems with mumbling or public speaking.
Most of our featured home screens show off great-looking interfaces. Today's home screen is quite the opposite: the entire interface takes place via voice commands.
Voice control of our home electronics was promised long ago, but it's still one of those things that most of us don't have. If you want to add little voice control to your home on the cheap, blogger Chipos81 shows off how to do it with a Raspberry Pi.
The number of voice activated "virtual assistants" for Android has exploded in recent years, ranging from the gimmicky and niche to the genuinely useful and broadly applicable. None of them are perfect, but we think that if you can get it on your device, Google Now's rolled-in simplicity and array of genuinely useful…
Reddit user droidkc has shown off his home automation setup controlled entirely by voice commands. The setup can control home lights on a dimmer, the TV, and even XBMC from his phone.