Meet Jasper: open-source voice computing

Meet Jasper. He’s like Siri, but much better, in that it’s open-source and completely customisable. All you need to set up your own is a microphone, a speaker, and a Raspberry Pi.

Jasper already comes with modules to deal with things like time, weather, Gmail, playing your Spotify music, news (and what’s on Hacker News)…and knock knock jokes. You can build your own modules to add more functionality. We’re really impressed by how well-documented Jasper is; new developers should be able to get to grips with building on the platform very easily, and we’re looking forward to watching what you guys get up to with it.

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OK, so now we need to connect Jasper to the Rapiro robot

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That’d be BRILLIANT. He needs a cuter voice, though!

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What about ‘sqeaky belle’?

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I would honestly really love it if Claire Corlett would be willing to be recorded for a text to speech engine. Doubt she’d have the patience for it though, recording phoneme after phoneme multiple times.

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This looks like a great project, and I can already see a cross over into assistive technologies for less able bodied individuals.
I’m also curious to see if the Wolfson audio board would work, as it has two on board microphones, which would create quite a neat package.

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Wow, that is really cool. Would be even cooler if this would work with the Wolfson audio card, using the build in microphone to accept command and reply via a small speaker which is hooked to the build in amplifier.

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This is the baby brother of Jarvis from Iron Man. It would be cool if Paul Bettany could do the voice overs.

Nice work guys. Good find Liz and peeps.

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Thats exactly what I was thinking!

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Actually, I was thinking of either a Stephen Hawking, or better, a HAL 9000 voice module

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Or stephen fry?

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OMG! We need Jarvis!

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Hello XBMC voice control…

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That’d really suck is someone on the movie you were watching yelled “SELF DESTRUCT!”

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Not if you had programmed Jasper to respond with a countdown…

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Finally a way to continue my project!!

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Voice controlled home automation, this could be the laziest way to switch a light on (unless I can OpenCV to recognise a blink).

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Haha, I’d like to see you trying to blick to turn the light on in the middle of the night.

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My sides! XD

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Not so hard – just use IR illumination. You can’t see anything, camera can see you just fine.

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Looks great, but does it uses a central server and an ethernet connection (like siri or google’s equivalent)? Because the documentation only writes about “jasper-client”.

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I could be wrong but
It looks like the only ‘open’ bit is the ‘client’ .

Iv heard on the vine that
The server has new some new clothes that are magnificent !

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The “client” is also the server. There is no central server. Jasper-Client operates as both.

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-1 for confusing terminology
++ for open ‘client/server’

=D

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I’m a newcomer to raspberry pi and would really like to try this project. I see that the microphone the recommend is no longer available on amazon. Does anybody have a recommendation for one that would work for this project?

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A sing star mic may work, they’re rather cheap second hand.

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I would go for any USB microphone with a stand possibly a webcam with mic if you have one lying around. I might try http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kinobo-USB-Microphone-Desktop-Laptop/dp/B0052SBAEU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397113277&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+microphone

its the 1st one on UK amazon

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As lenod asked above – does it work offline, or is the recognition work being done on someone else’s server over the net? Not to take anything away from this project – it looks great, but I’ll be really impressed when one of these voice recognition projects actually runs on the hardware sitting in front of me…

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That’s the ticket! My carputer project just went into overdrive.

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I was thinking the same! “Jarvis! Next track!” would be rather nice. My concern was how well it’d work over road noise though…

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Now it needs a module to detect violations of the Verbal Morality Statute…

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Ooh… all the things from demoliton man that you could make using a raspberry pi…

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But then they would have to say “Jasper” first ;)

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Cross combine with http://www.adafruit.com/products/597 and we can make our own toilet paper!

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can we replace the “Jasper” to “Jarvis”… I mean, come on! Iron Man!

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What about this? http://stevenhickson.blogspot.de/2013/06/voice-command-v30-for-raspberry-pi.html
I think it’s more customizable and has a better voice :) And you can call it “Jarvis” if you like to :D

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i’m using that one, works fine for me, uses google’s voice meaning you can make a simple script for custom voice feedback.
and that one is opensource as well

Luke

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Jasper brings 1983’s Wargames computer voice back to life.

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The discussion makes me wonder
surely, surely set and properties departments for the movie industry must be making things with the pi?

The thing is, things in that industry can be strictly programmed, especially when matching CG to live action, but also directors also have to accommodate for loose timing and the size/weight of the Pi is perfect for any device following script instructions while computing for time variation.

is there a way to keep an eye out for film use? As we’ve seen previously the ‘Industrial’ tag is very thin on the ground

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It’s already been a prop in TV dramas, but guess you are talking behind the scenes. The nearest I can think of was that Cadbury Joy Jacket advert.

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Can’t use this, our family cat is called Jasper. It would be way too confusing.

Not for the cat of course he just ignores us anyway.

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Wish it was around a couple of weeks ago…
/Thinks/ Connect Pi to Sleepy Pi/ (misaligned connectors – let the magic blue smoke fairy out of Pi)
“SORRY DAVE, I CAN’T LET YOU DO THAT!” would’ve been useful at that point.

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Is there an official community or forum somewhere on the Interwebs for this project? It doesn’t look like their github allows it

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English only? any possibility to have it in Italian? :)

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Very nice project! We need more of this! I would love to see a community/forum for this, since I cannot get it to work on my Pi (not even when using the image). Can you enable community discussions on Github?

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Can anyone here do a decent Jarvis impression? ‘Cause that would be freakin’ EPIC! -Marvel Fan

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This is Marvellous news! PI has yet another life! I only need jasper to listen to me and perform plain HTTP_API according to voice commands. That’s it.

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Hello everyone,
I also started my own project : http://www.lisa-project.net
Here the community where I post regular updates : https://plus.google.com/communities/109665724480163795371

I’m looking for contributors (written in Python). The project is a bit more evolved : it uses a real network engine, and use Natural Language Processing. The end of already prebuilt sentences which aren’t natural.

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It would be great if the image worked as described. Been trying to get this to work for hours now, no luck.

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I am with you on that have you found a way around the install of the subversion?

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I too cannot get it to work.
At the moment, I’m downloading it again (3rd time) on a completely different computer just in case the other one trashed something. It is very trying when the demos do not work solidly, particularly when one is a novice, and not really knows even what question to ask. Still, I try again…..

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If you’re still struggling, go and ask questions in the forums (link at the top of this page): you’ll find plenty of help there.

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Does the rasperry pi come with a program to code it with? If not, which one do I use?

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Bonjour a tous tout le monde!

I have downloaded the Image of Jasper and put it on a SD cart. it doens’t work out of the box unfortunally. So I start doing it manually. The compiling took a very long time (10 hrs) to compile. The same happend. It didn’t work. I wonder if Jasper also works without the metioned usb mircophone and with a soundboard wich works on my Raspberry? I can record sound through my soundcard and also play what I record using arecord and aplay.

I guess I do something wrong because it works with others. But I can not discover what I do wrong. I did manually install Jasper for more than 5 times. Downloaded the source to different PC’s, tried different SD cards. Is there a misspelling in the sourcecode why it compiling take so long?

Any suggstions are very, very welcome!

Walther Swarte.
the Netherlands.

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The best place to ask this is in the forums (link at the top of the page).

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can I give it a British voice?

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which mic are you using ???

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can i change the name?

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