The Matrix Creator is an IoT-centric development board that comes with a wide array of goodies that facilitate hardware development such as an FPGA, various accelerometer and environmental sensors, IR transceivers, and even an 8-microphone array that can be used for echolocation as well as omnidirectional listening. It's this microphone array that makes the Matrix Creator (and it's smaller sibling, the Matrix Voice) an ideal platform for developing your own AI assistant! In this video, we'll look at installing and setting up Google Assistant and see how it compares to the dedicated AIY hat from a previous video.





Matrix Labs GitHub


Installing the Matrix kernel modules:


Add the repository key

wget | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/matrixlabs.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade


Install the packages

sudo apt install matrixio-creator-init


Reboot and install the kernel modules

sudo apt install matrixio-kernel-modules


Reboot and install the Google Assistant SDK per their instructions:


Now, you could run the Google Assistant at this point and everything will work just fine, but the fine folks at Matrix Labs actually put together a nice little application that adds color-changing lights and other little niceties to the stock Assistant installation:


Clone the Matrix Google Assistant repo

git clone


Then run the program using the project and model IDs from the SDK setup

~/google-assistant-matrixio/google-matrixio-assistant-hotword --project_id [your-dev-project-id] --device_model_id [your-model-id]


Assistant will run and respond to the standard "OK, Google" or "Hey, Google" hotwords.