In the last days of 2017, Google has released their new AI devices: the AIY kits. Now, they’re releasing two improved kits to help anyone that wants to learn about artificial intelligence. The two kits come in a voice version and a vision version, and are called AIY from the DIY abbreviation: they’re a ‘Do-it-yourself artificial intelligence’ project.
On their official website page -aiyprojects.withgoogle.com, they describe the new kits as the best devices in building and tinkering by ourselves:
“With our maker kits, build intelligent devices that see, speak, and understand. Then start tinkering. Take things apart, make things better. See what problems you can solve.”
Create Your Own Projects With Voice or Vision Kits From Google
The kits come inside a box, and they are small, easy to assemble. The vision kit will contain specific components, including a Raspberry Pi, SD card, and camera. Google describes the vision kit’s multiple uses:
“Build an intelligent camera that can see faces, detect emotions, and recognize common objects. Create your own projects that take action based on what the Vision Kit sees.”
As for the voice kit, it contains the Pi and SD card, and a speaker with a microphone. The Voice kit was created to help people create projects that need voice recognition:
“With the Google Assistant built-in, build an intelligent speaker that can understand you, and respond when you ask it a question or tell it to do something. Create your own projects that use voice recognition to control robots, music, games, and more.”
A Promising Future
These kits are great for teens that want to learn more about STEAM disciplines and AI devices. It’s the first step in becoming skilled in AI devices, just by having a tiny smart cardboard box. You never know, maybe getting one of these kits and using them in new tech projects, could be the start of a promising career!
At the moment, the kits are available in the US, but they will soon roll out globally. So, who’s ready to start tinkering?
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