$65 Home Automation Announcer

The response time is awesome! I have a couple of speakers connected to DLNA/Wifi devices but they have about 5-10 sec delay… looks like I will have to spend some $'s!

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WOW! Quite the project and the documentation is just as impressive. I was just trying to do something like this with an old PC - I might need to try it with this Pi’s.

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Hey, you quoted the entire first post in it’s entirety. Any chance you can remove that for cleanliness? It makes it look like it has more steps.

The I use BigTalker. You can find it here [(OBSOLETE See 1.1.10 or later) 1.1.8 10/11/16] Big Talker - Talk when events occur

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No chassis. It’s just laying on the shelf, slightly above eye level. However, That shelf is hollow so it can slide into it.

If only this forum formatted correctly on a phone. Didn’t mean to quote anything.

Anyway, I thought you were using something custom, but this seems to be the same set up as described in using a raspberry pi posted on here previously. I was doing it with Volumio.

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And after saying it was hollow, my OCD took over and I took care of it. It’s now stuffed inside the shelf. The other one is laying on top of the refrigerator. We don’t put things up there so it’s fine.

I don’t see where a Raspberry Pi 3 tutorial was created on the site. I checked before I started making notes and I just checked now. Sure, it’s one of those things you can figure out over a long weekend, but using this guide removes the guess work and makes it take just 30 minutes.

Also, this setup, as opposed to most RPI tutorials, uses a server-edition which means no GUI overhead. The unit is performing the absolute minimum possible which means it is consuming a very small amount of power and works as efficiently as possible.

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Nice tutorial. This will give me something to do with the rPi 2 I have sitting around.

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For the Raspi2, ignore section 2, or find a dongle with instructions to replace it.

No chassis? What is the cool looking black inverted vase like thing on the shelf then?

It’s the OnHub router. Nice matching speaker choice!

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Ah yes, they sell for ridiculous money here in the UK. £270!! double the US price.

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If you are playing with the rPi, modifying the wifi or networking should be pretty much the same between the versions. I already was working on using it as a SmartTiles display, the added stuff for the sound system should be a breeze.

Why did you post such a great idea and such great documentation? Why oh why?!?!?!? Now something else I need to build. My addiction is getting out of control.

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There’s no wifi on any Raspi prior to Raspi3.

This tutorial also focuses on headless which conserves energy though reduced overhead. In your case you’re running headed mode with a full X Server, Desktop/window manager and several other convenience packages which support the web browser and hit performance. Which means you would likely want to start at step 3 and skip setup entirely.

however if you wanted to go with a minimal, kiosk-like package instead of the full raspian/NOOBS, it would be possible to install firefox/chromium with just an X-Server and start that in nearly the same way as the vlc server in step 10. Something like “@reboot Xorg & sleep 5; export DISPLAY=:0; firefox” would do the trick. This would reduce startup times to about 10 seconds with a good SDCard.

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From the video, it sounds like your setup has a more natural voice compared to what I had tried setting up on the fire tablet. I used LANnouncer on that first try at voice announcements.

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I have a couple of Pi Zeros and WiFi+BT hat that have been in search of a project. I think they just found it. Thanks for the outstanding thread.

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The SmartThings media player method uses Amazon as a text-to-speech engine. This method would go down if the device were disconnected from the internet. However, LANnouncer is local text-to-speech which means it has no dependency on the network.

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Nice, I do have an older rpi that I can play with. Thanks for the awesome instructions!

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Really nice! What is the response time on this thing?
From trigger (ST) to sound comming out of your speakers?