Private Voice-Control of Philips Hue Bulbs with chipKIT Wi-FIRE and Audeme MOVI Shield

The combination of the Arduino-compatible chipKIT Wi-FIRE board and Audeme’s MOVI speech recognition shield lets users voice-control their Philips Hue bulbs without leaking private information into the cloud (i.e., voice recordings to Amazon or Google, Philips Hue hub data to Salesforce and other data brokers). It also allows for better control and customization of the light bulb configuration compared to using Alexa or Google Home.  Here is a short video of the experimental system:

This is an uncut, unedited video. The system works by connecting to the Hue hub via WiFi. It is powered here by a 9V block battery and a small 8ohm speaker for acoustic responses. Both voice commands and responses are fully customizable and MOVI can also speak and understand Spanish and German. 

The delay between the actual light switch and MOVI’s response is introduced by the Hue hub. It is not clear why but one possible cause could be the Hub’s necessity to wait for a timeout as it is not able to send data to the cloud.

Audeme will present the system at this week’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA (May 19th – 21st) and they are happy to let you play around with it. In fact, their plan is to create an Instructable and possibly a home kit solution. So stay tuned!

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chipKIT Design Challenge Winners

  We are pleased to announce the winners of the chipKIT Platform Design Contest.

Winning Entries:

 

Level 1 Challenge

ck761 ROV Controller  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_24bMhLS7Wo&list=PLXPjvBuqmMX5DkKE8Ni0FNN7o-nwPIYUU ROV_ck761 Develop an original application using a chipKIT platform, an existing, known-working shield, and existing, known-working libraries. Participants will have the choice of using a chipKIT Max32, Uno32 or uC32 platform.

Level 2 Challenge

ck758    OLED Screen Controller Demo  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x3swzNr14Y&list=PLXPjvBuqmMX6KYPXqucRqc8uklqbSP8iZ OLED_ck758 Develop an original application using a chipKIT platform and an existing shield where associated libraries are modified to exploit specific features of the chipKIT platform’s PIC32 device and associated peripherals. Participants will have the choice of using a chipKIT Max32, Uno32 or uC32 platform.

Level 3 Challenge

ck765    KEELOQ Shield  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVPb-qaEu8k&list=PLXPjvBuqmMX6dKnPE-AY-IAW4HqxAhIfn Keeloq_ck765 Develop an original shield that will highlight the additional functionality of the PIC32 devices populating the chipKIT platform. Participants will have the choice of using a chipKIT Max32, Uno32 or uC32 platform.

How Winners Were Determined

Winning entries were determined through the use of a survey grading each application on:
  • Overall impression of application
  • Use of unique peripherals found on the target MCU
  • If developer modified or created a new library
  • Documentation on hardware, libraries and tutorials 
Congratulations to all who participated. You all did an amazing job!! Please visit the contest YouTube channel to view all entries at www.youtube.com/chipkitcontest     
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