by Srdjan Misic | March 05, 2014
Speech recognition has been capturing the imagination of SF writers and engineers since the dawn of the computer. Throughout the years, transistors got smaller, code more sophisticated, and today voice activated home automation is the subject of many DIY projects for enthusiasts all around the world. Usually it involves some kind of workaround with a Raspberry Pi and/or cloud based software available on your smartphone. But there must be a better way.
We've been thinking about it.
There's something emotionally rewarding in controlling things with your voice. It's similar to having an obedient dog. You train your dog to listen to commands spoken in your own language, you don't try to bark at it. The dog doesn't care, it doesn't understand what your words mean, it just correlates an arbitrary sound with a specific action. You of course know this, but you can't help but feel good about having that control, having your pet adapt to your preferred means of communication. Whereas when you push a button or press a key, you go out of your way to make it simpler for the machine.
So it's a tempting thought, but 9 out of 10 people usually discard it, because frankly, it's not worth tinkering that much to hack a solution for your own home, when a simple switch has been doing the job fine for the last hundred years or so...
But, what if we had a click board for it? We'd make it dead simple to program and calibrate to recognize your voice, whatever your language, local dialect, or choice of pop culture reference is. Make it able to understand and execute over 200 commands. Now let's give it a few GPIOs to make it work as a standalone device too.
Use your voice to turn relays on or off, trigger the alarm, turn on lights, change TV channels, open doors with safe-words etc. All on your own terms too: it'll be speaker dependent, reacting only to your voice, not like some tail spinning tongue wagging dog happy to please any old burglar that comes by.
Well, we're working on exactly that. We call it the SpeakUp. We're taking speech recognition and making it simple. It'll be out soon, it's just that we couldn't hold our enthusiasm so this is an early announcement. Stay tuned for specs and details coming out soon.
by Tiziano Galizia | September 22, 2016
Alexandre (Lextronic’s CEO), our long-time partner and friend, fell in love with the Flip&Click since being introduced to it last year. He immediately recognised this being the solution to the plaguing Arduino shield limitation. He was one of the first to get their hands-on a prototype and started coding immediately.
Earlier this summer he decided to put this experience on paper by creating a step-by-step guide to using Flip&Click and click boards in the Arduino ecosystem. Our marketing team cooperated on the kit and packaging, the result is the new Flip&Click Starter Kit.[more info]
by Tiziano Galizia | September 21, 2016
Magneto 2 click is a mikroBUS™ add-on board with Melexis's MLX90316 monolithic rotary position sensor. Sensing flux density with the IC surface of the MLX90316 allows the click to decode the absolute rotary (angular) position from 0 to 360 degrees.[more info]