One of the things I like the most about Free Hardware is that after taking out a gadget, any user can imitate its functions with Open Hardware, something that would be impossible with gadgets from other brands or competitors of the gadget in question. This is interesting and we can see it on the Amazon Echo. Apparently several users have managed to bring Amazon Echo to Raspberry Pi, in such a way that we can have Alexa for the price of a Raspberry Pi and totally portable, something that I see necessary in devices like Amazon Echo.
This is achieved thanks to the release of the Alexa software that we can use to install it on Raspberry Pi or on any other device. In addition, these users provide an app created in java that will allow us to speak at any time and the voice commands are activated, without the need to use any push-button or waste energy with the microphone open all the time.
The release of Alexa makes it possible for us to create an Amazon Echo with Raspberry Pi
If you are interested in buying Amazon Echo, you may be interested in seeing this project where it is explained step by step how to build our smart speaker with a Raspberry Pi, if you are interested or rather if you are only looking for the Alexa service, saving can be interesting and it could also be modified to our liking, we will only need the components that are specified like this as an Amazon account With which we can download the necessary software to be able to use and develop apps using Alexa, a function that Amazon has recently added and that has allowed us to recreate Alexa on any device.
The guide is quite comprehensive and allows any user to carry out the project without any problem, it also comes with images and complementary software for those who have problems, so obtaining Amazon Echo in its Hardware Free version is within everyone's reach, now, one has to work on this project.
Personally I find it interesting since this free version of Amazon Echo will allow us be able to have a smart home from Free Hardware and for very little money. Also, do not forget that Arduino and other boards are compatible with Raspberry Pi, so if we are very handy, we can make Alexa do things that it cannot do on Amazon Echo, but that is the subject of future guides. Do not you think?