I am sure many of you have heard of Ivee (helloivee.com). I personally don’t own one, but it did make me do some thinking. For them to achieve integration with SmartThings, it would appear they have to communicate with the SmartThings cloud. Is this correct? Have we heard of any way to do this officially as of yet?
Here is where I am going with this…: My dream would be to put 5+ Raspberry Pi’s in my house, with a good bi-directional mic, and a wifi dongle. Toss on a simple “always listening app” and basically build a voice recognition app using one of the many cloud-based voice recognition api’s.
I look at the products like Ivee, and in some ways I feel that they are too ambitious with trying to integrate into 100 solutions, they are trying to do too much with having a pretty display, solution that talks to you, or simplify it so that just anyone can buy one at Staples and have it setup in 5 min. But when you look at needing one in every room, and the fact that many of us don’t mind building a Pi, configuring Linux, dropping the software on it, providing basic account info in a config file, and placing them throughout the house—I think that would be a possible (and cheaper) solution for some of us.
I personally use to program in html4/htmlk5/.net/php, I would like to discuss this with the community and see what people think this might take, not to mention see who else might be interested in this kind of endeavor.
Thanks everyone, and lets see if this leads anywhere.