A quick demo of some new features coming in alpha v0.2.1
These days, it seems that voice assistants are everywhere. In stand-alone devices, in a/v equipment, in household appliances, cars and more. Beyond a gimmick, voice applications are evolving to a point where they are approaching usefulness.
But what about legacy technology? Squeezebox was a great platform. There's still plenty about and there's a healthy second-hand market. The LMS is still viable and supported by a great community.
The Hab-Tunes project seeks to breath new life into older technology by integrating voice control. The first such endeavor is Alexa for Squeezebox - an Alexa skill and LMS plugin that allows you control your Squeezebox by voice.
Comprising a standard Alexa skill and LMS plugin, it's familiar and easy to install, configure and use.
With https used when available, and no need for open ports locally, Alexa for Squeezebox helps keep the ner-do-wells at bay.
Developed over 2 years, with over 50 testers from around the world, Alexa for Squeezebox is stable and reliable.
With ongoing maintenance and feature additions, you can shape the direction and request functionality you'd like to see.
Simplicity and Flexibility.
All the hallmarks of Squeezebox - Now with added voice control.
Extensive Alpha phase is ending, with Squeezebox users from around the world contribuiting time and ideas.
With German localisation well advanced, Alexa for Squeezebox can be ported to any supported Alexa language.
I've been collecting statistical data on tester interactions throughout the development cycle, mostly to get an idea of round-trip times for spoken commands. Here's some of the data visualised covering the period from v0.1.0.4 to now (v0.2.0.5).
We're now on test round 11 with Alpha v0.2.0.3. The purpose of the Alpha stage is to expand the available commands to the final set and test as we go. So far, the following commands have been added;
One of the issues arising in testing is that some plugin code is failing on perl v5.24
v0.1.6 is currently in pre-testing and, all going well, will be released to all testers over the weekend.