If the idea of spending more than one hundred dollars on an Amazon speaker doesn’t sit well with you, the company is ready to help you get a DIY version with Raspberry Pi.
A complete guide on how to get it done was uploaded on Github by the official brainiacs at Amazon, showing what skills and items you need to start building your own Echo.
Put on the list:
- a Raspberry Pi 2
- USB microphone, keyboard and mouse
- HDMI-equipped monitor
If you have some programming skills and a lot of patience, you’re good to go. Unfortunately, Alexa won’t take your commands from a distance, by listening to words like “Echo” and “Echo Dot”, so you will have to push a button. Amazon probably hopes this will entice users to check out their products but also capture the interest of hardware makers so they integrate Alexa wherever they can.
Because, hey, there’s always hardware for that.