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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Nice tutorial. This will give me something to do with the rPi 2 I have sitting around.
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!
Ah yes, they sell for ridiculous money here in the UK. £270!! double the US price.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice, I do have an older rpi that I can play with. Thanks for the awesome instructions!
Really nice! What is the response time on this thing?
From trigger (ST) to sound comming out of your speakers?