Hi, I replicated your experience and got exactly the same error. I don't have the expertise to diagnose further.
There are two versions of the "AIY" software or more correctly two branches:
1. The original branch - which is the master branch and can be found here https://github.com/google/aiyprojects-r ... ree/master
2. The "new" branch which is what you will have installed from an image file.
The original "master" branch defo works on the W - if you read "HACKING.md" it tells you how to set it up on jessie if you don't have an image -which you haven't.
I ran that version for a couple of months on a W but upgraded to a Pi3 so I could use hotword triggering.
The response is quicker on a Pi3