Rendezvous with Picroft

This weekend I decided to try out Picroft which happens to be the Simplified Software Only version of the Mycroft Project that is ready to be run on any Raspberry Pi 3 hardware…. Great! So I read through the instructions provided in their website … There were two deviations that I wanted to use

  1. Use the HDMI Audio for Audio instead of the hard coded Analog Stereo Output in the RasPi3
  2. Use Microphone outside the list of mics mentioned in their site…. I’m referring to the microphone in my ancient Microsoft Lifecam VX-6000 to be precise!

So I installed and connected per instruction… The microphone got detected without any problem and Mycroft learnt ‘my’ voice so well that it wouldn’t respond to my son!

Unfortunately the Audio Output is hardcoded to the on-board analog stereo jack which I did test and was working well but I wanted out put on my HDMI display which has much better acoustics! A bit of googling and I found the solution in this site: https://mycroft.ai/documentation/picroft/picroft-audio/#how-to-output-audio-via-hdmi … Its simple … Just

'Control-C'

out of the debug screen and then open the auto_run.sh file… In the line that says sudo amixer cset numid 3 “1” … Change it to

sudo amixer cset numid 3 "2"

…thats it … on the cli type

exit

and picroft will reload with audio output on the screen instead of the audio jack! Yipee!

Unfortunately looks like the software is still under heavy development on the picroft side… I found the response time to be slower than AVS and also the accuracy is good but needs improvement….

Next I need to find if it can work in a pure LAN environment without Internet! But … Weekend almost over … So that’s for some time later… Peace Out till then

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