A few days ago the members of the Arduino Project introduced us Arduino Primo, an optimized board focused on telecommunications that, in addition to having Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, also has NFC among its communications.
Arduino Primo is an interesting board but it is not the only one in the Arduino project that is interesting and will be released in a few days. Arduino Otto It is the second plate that has gone unnoticed but that its functions are as interesting as Primo or even more and the price will be the same or lower if possible.
Arduino Otto is a board that it only has wifi connection, something he maintains with respect to his brother Primo, but unlike this one only has one microphone. This microphone is incorporated in order to be able to create Amazon Echo-like devices via Arduino Otto.
Arduino Otto and Arduino Primo will be the next boards that the Arduino Project launches on the market
Arduino Otto is a development board, that is, it is not a complete plate as it can be Arduino UNO or Arduino Primo but it can be modified as much as you want, adding new functions or new hardware and you can even add functions from Amazon Echo as the board supports the Alexa and Amazon Echo API.
The idea of Arduino and his team with Arduino Otto is that it serves as a connection and bridge between the user and home automation, being a board that can do the same functions as Amazon Echo or Nest without needing to buy any of those devices to control the home. The price of the Arduino Otto is still a mystery, but it is expected to be more affordable than the Amazon Echo or Arduino Primo, so it will surely now be easier to create an Amazon Echo replacement than it was before. Do not you think?