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    Raspberry Pi 2XL Robot Assistant Part 1

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    Matt is quite picky about the looks of his AI assistants: he shies away from the uncanny valley and abhors the abstraction of a disembodied voice in his devices. With this in mind--and following his penchant for retro restorations--he decides to build a customized voice assistant into the body of one of his favorite "artificial intelligence": the classic 1978 model 2-XL educational toy from Mego. In this first part in a 2-part series, Matt will walk through how the 2-XL toy robot worked, before setting up Google Assistant on the Raspberry Pi, training a custom wake word for the assistant, and rewiring the power supply with modern components!


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    Bill of Material:


    Product NameManufacturerQuantityBuy KitBuy Kit
    RPI3-MODBP - Single Board Computer, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, BCM2837B0 SoC, IoT, PoE Enabled Raspberry Pi1Buy NowBuy Now
    44082 - Flash Memory Card, MicroSD Card, Class 10, 16 GB Verbatim1Buy NowBuy Now
    28-19339 - AC/DC Power Supply, for Raspberry Pi, ITE, 1 Output, 13 W, 5.1 V, 2.5 A Pro-Elec1Buy NowBuy Now
    MATRIX.C1.US - Daughter Board, Matrix Creator IoT, Raspberry Pi 3, Loaded with Sensors, Mic Array, US Matrix Labs1Buy NowBuy Now
    4080 - GOOGLE AIY VOICE KIT FOR RASPBERRY PI V2 Adafruit1Buy NowBuy Now


    Additional Parts:


    Product Name

    1978 Mego 2-XL Educational Toy

    Screw-on barrel jack connectors (CD016 -  DC Power Connector, Plug, 4 A, Cable Mount, Screw: NO LONGER AVAILABLE)