An add-on has been launched for the $35 Raspberry Pi that converts the tiny, best-selling computer into an Amazon Echo-style smart speaker.The pi-topPULSE adds a speaker and microphone to the Pi, allowing it to listen for spoken questions and answer them using Amazon Alexa, the service that underpins the Echo.Available for $50 from RS Components, the pi-topPULSE board slots on top of the Pi, but only the latest board, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, will be able to use Alexa.

The pi-topPULSE will do more than just act as an Echo-style assistant, also including a display on top of the board. The display, a 7×7 LED array, can show animations or be used to play games. Seven additional LEDs are also included on the board.The board can also be attached to the Raspberry Pi laptop and the desktop machine.

Read more: Raspberry Pi transformed into Amazon Echo by smart assistant add-on – TechRepublic

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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