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Home Assistant open-source smart home platform is getting its own voice controls

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Home Assistant, an open-source smart home platform, is getting its own voice assistant. Its founder, Paulus Shoutsen, posted a blog last week We announced a new project that will allow us to localize all voice commands to control smart devices without the need to connect to the cloud that assistants such as Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant have. The voice assistant he plans to be available in 2023.

Schoutsen also runs Nabu Casa, which essentially provides a first-party cloud service for home assistants and has contributed to the development of the free platform. In addition, we are creating a ready-to-use yellow hardware solution that allows you to run Home Assistant at home without the need to manually build it on your computer or Raspberry Pi.

“No web searches, calls or voice games.”

Nabu Casa needed someone with experience to build a voice assistant, so developer Michael Hansen was brought in to lead the project.Hansen is another creator An open source product called Rhasspya voice assistant backed by own community Integrate technology into the solution you are building.

Schoutsen writes that one of Nabu Casa’s top priorities for the new voice assistant is to work in multiple languages. Home His Assistant application user interface already supports 62 languages, and Schoutsen hopes to help the community voice-enable all of them.

Home assistant voice products initially don’t have the features you’d expect from a smart speaker. Schoutsen explains: No web searches, no calls, no voice games. And definitely “By the way!”

Voice assistant products have become a costly category for big companies

Voice assistants usually have internet-connected “smart” built-in features that are good for answering trivia questions or checking sports scores. Both Alexa and the Google Assistant are particularly good at being ‘know-it-all’/’can do-it-all’ devices, but these features complicate matters when all you want is a smart home his controller. There is a possibility to Apple’s Siri is the easiest and fastest voice assistant for home commands. The BargeJennifer Pattison-Tuohy from Jennifer Pattison-Tuohy, but it requires an internet connection whereas Home Assistant’s solution is completely local. Siri works best when you’re all-in on Apple’s HomeKit (now “Apple Home”) ecosystem, but Matter’s support now fills that gap, allowing all your devices to It is designed to work simultaneously with the ecosystem of

home assistant Matter support also picked upSo in the future, you can use your own voice assistant to control devices all in one platform.the platform already has conversation integration understands text-based speech, and Schoutsen notes that the command sentence is the new “intent repositoryThis helps communities program their own behavior.

However, Home Assistant-based smart homes don’t require the cloud, are community-backed, open-source, and have optional turnkey hardware available for purchase if you’re not comfortable programming your own. Whether or not it works as well as Big Tech’s voice solutions, though, is a question we might find an answer for next year.

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