Ater my previous post about open source virtual assistants, I looked at some of them, and decided what I really, really wanted to do was just start from scratch. I have no real intention to create anything with any purpose besides my own purposes. I wanted to dig in learn what I needed to create some semblance of a thing I want to see. And I think it will be fun to start from scratch.
I'm calling this project "Jane" because I wrote a book once, and that was the name of the AI/Assistant the main character had. Sort of a fantasy.
Anyway, the peices of this right now are:
- A Raspberry Pi (I realize I may need something with more horsepower later.)
- Speech to Text
- Command Parser
- Modules for extension to things like email, twitter, web, etc.
- Text to Speech
I'm starting out with the goal of having this assistant do only 2 things to start:
- Tell me my schedule for the day.
- Tell me the weather.
I'll be adding more commands once I get these two done.
I'm using Python (of course.)
Where I am now:
I have a Raspberry Pi 2 B+ (I also have a Pi 3 B+ as well, which I might use too.) I have this microphone. I have a copy of the most recent version (Stretch) of Raspbian on an SD card. I've installed Python 3 and assorted things I'll need.
The next post will update with the details of the speech to text, and how it worked.