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Building a Virtual Assistant for Raspberry Pi

The practical guide for constructing a voice-controlled virtual assistant

Authors: Pant, Tanay

  • Develop your own voice controlled assistant, Melissa, in Python
  • Learn concepts by making Melissa more intelligent as we progress along the book
  • Strengthen concepts by building scalable modules for Melissa
  • Discuss how Melissa can be scaled for enterprise quality products so that the learning continues
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About this book

Build a voice-controlled virtual assistant using speech-to-text engines, text-to-speech engines, and conversation modules. This book shows you how to program the virtual assistant to gather data from the internet (weather data, data from Wikipedia, data mining); play music; and take notes. Each chapter covers building a mini project/module to make the virtual assistant better. You'll develop the software on Linux or OS X before transferring it to your Raspberry Pi, ready for deploying in your own home-automation or Internet of Things applications.

Building a Virtual Assistant for Raspberry Pi walks you through various STTs and TTSs and the implementation of these components with the help of Python. After that you will start implementing logic for handling user queries and commands, so that the user can have conversations with Melissa. You will then work to improve logic handling to detect what the user wants Melissa to do. You will also work on building some useful applications/modules for Melissa, which will allow you to gain interesting information from Melissa such as the time, weather information, and data from Wikipedia.

You will develop a music playing application as well as a note taking application for Melissa, laying the foundations for how Melissa can be further extended. Finally, you will learn how to deploy this software to your Raspberry Pi and how you can further scale Melissa to make her more intelligent, interactive and how you can use her in other projects such as home automation as well.

What You'll Learn

  • Design the workflow and discover the concepts of building a voice controlled assistant
  • Develop modules for having conversations with the assistant
  • Enable the assistant to retrieve information from the internet
  • Build utilities like a music player and a note taking application for the virtual assistant
  • Integrate this software with a Raspberry Pi

Who This Book Is For

Anyone who has built a home automation project with Raspberry Pi and now want to enhance it by making it voice-controlled. The book would also interest students from computer science or related disciplines.

About the authors

Tanay Pant is an Indian author, hacker, developer and tech enthusiast. He is best known for his work on "Learning Firefox OS Application Development" which was published by Packt. He is also an official representative of Mozilla. He has been listed in the about:credits of the Firefox web browser for his contributions to the different open source projects of the Mozilla Foundation.

 He also writes for a number of websites like SitePoint and Tuts+ where he shares tips and tricks about web development as well his opinions on different products. He digitally published Code Zer0 in his younger days to spread awareness about cyber security and hacker culture.

He is also the chief architect of Stock Wolf, a global virtual stock trading platform that aims to impart practical education about stocks and markets. This platform has acquired more than 100 colleges and has players from about 15 countries.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction to Virtual Assistants

    Pant, Tanay

    Pages 1-8

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  • Understanding and Building an Application with STT and TTS

    Pant, Tanay

    Pages 9-19

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  • Getting Your Hands Dirty: Conversation Module

    Pant, Tanay

    Pages 21-30

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  • Using the Internet to Gather Information

    Pant, Tanay

    Pages 31-42

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  • Developing a Music Player for Melissa

    Pant, Tanay

    Pages 43-49

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Buy this book

eBook 15,46 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2167-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 20,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2166-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building a Virtual Assistant for Raspberry Pi
Book Subtitle
The practical guide for constructing a voice-controlled virtual assistant
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Tanay Pant
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-2167-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-2167-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-2166-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 95
Number of Illustrations and Tables
27 illustrations in colour
Topics