Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of these skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer and many more. Amazon Alexa is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more customers use Alexa, the more she adapts to speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. With the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), designers and developers can build engaging skills and reach millions of customers. ASK is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that makes it fast and easy for designer to add skills to Alexa. With ASK, anyone can leverage Amazon’s vast knowledge and pioneering work in the field of voice design.
Schematics, design files, board files and BOM lists of PICO-PI are available and can be downloaded from the TechNexion homepage.
ARM Cortex-A7 NXP i.MX7 scalable single/dual core System-on-Module
WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v. 4.0 communication interface
Alexa Voice-Recognition Development Platform
Voice input has the potential to be the most efficient form of computing. Humans can speak up to 100 or more words per minute on average, but can only type less than 50. Nowadays is the time for voice recognition to take over, too, since the technology is a logical fit with smart Internet of Things-connected devices, such as Amazon Echo. TechNexion has partnered with Amazon to make Alexa voice-recognition hardware available as a reference design for integration into other devices. PICO-PI-IMX7 is a highly integrated multi-market applications system with advanced features designed to enable secure and portable applications within the Internet of Things.
Voice-Enable Your Product with Alexa
Alexa has finely tuned automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) engines that recognize and respond to voice requests instantly. Developers can use the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to add intelligent voice control to any connected product that has a microphone and speaker. The users will be able to ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, get news and local information, control smart home products, and more on their voice-enabled products. Amazon Alexa reference design based on TechNexion PICO-PI-IMX7 reduces the large upfront development costs and risks inherent in getting your idea off the ground. When you are ready to ship large quantities of devices, your costs scale linearly. In addition, on-going engineering and testing costs are reduced by future updates.
TechNexion PICO-PI-IMX7 platform which was designed with performance capabilities and low-power architecture in mind can be applied in a wide range of applications ranging from simple alarms clocks, to door controls, to smoke alarms, to thermostats, to lights, to smart home appliances with higher level of complexity.
Get in Early
Natural user interfaces, like those based on speech, represent the next major disruption in computing. Get in early. TechNexion is one of hardware partners selected to deliver Alexa development platform to facilitate fast prototyping and product development at predictable scaling costs. To enable this fast development and time to market TechNexion platform consisting of PICO-PI baseboard and PICO-IMX7 system on module based on the NXP i.MX7 applications processor family provides the best hardware platform to create far-field voice experiences with Echo-quality performance.