Google is leading the AI race for a while now, so it’s no trouble for them to share their wisdom with the rest of us. Last year, they started doing just that with AIY kits, packages that help tinkerers make their own smart speakers or object recognition cameras. Now, they’re back with upgraded versions that offer all the components you need to make them at home. #machinemagic
The new AIY Voice Kit and Vision Kit include Raspberry Pi Zero computers, besides the usual accessories and cardboard. You don’t need to scrap for them anymore. Plus, there are preloaded SD cards in the boxes as well, and a companion Android app to guide you through the whole process. It may seem simple at first, but the wireless setup and configuration could be unexpectedly tricky.
Besides the components mentioned before, the Vision Kit comes with a Pi Camera Module V2, so you’re all set to build the smart camera you wish for.
Plus, if you ever get tired of your gadgets, you can disassemble them and use the Pi as a normal Linux computer. Connect it to a monitor, keyboard and mouse and you’re good to go!
Both kits are reasonably priced, the Vision one being the more expensive of the two, at $90. By comparison, Voice is just $50. Expect them to pop up in Target’s online and retail stores this month. A global roll out should happen in the months to come.
Until then, you could look into TensorFlow.js, which is the browser version of Google’s machine learning framework. The company just released it, hoping to entice more techies to find fun or interesting ways to use machine learning.