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Mycroft Mark II Open Voice Assistant Kickstarter Project hits 300% of goal with 935 backers in 4 days. Only 24 days left in campaign

by Xilinx Employee ‎01-31-2018 07:52 AM - edited ‎01-31-2018 07:55 AM (34,213 Views)

 

Mycroft AI’s Mycroft Mark II Open Voice Assistant, which is based on Aaware’s far-field Sound Capture Platform and the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, is a Kickstarter project initiated last Friday. (See “New Kickstarter Project: The Mycroft Mark II open-source Voice Assistant is based on Aaware’s Sound Capture Platform running on a Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC.”) The Mycroft Mark II project was fully funded in an astonishingly short seven hours, guaranteeing that the project would proceed. After only four days, the project has exceeded its pledge goal of $50,000 by 300%. As of this writing, 935 backers have pledged $150,801 so the project is most definitely a “go” and the project team is currently developing stretch goals to extend the project’s scope.

 

Here are two reasons you might want to participate in this Kickstarter campaign:

 

  • The Mycroft Mark II is a hands-free, privacy-oriented, open-source smart speaker with a touch screen. It has advanced far-field voice recognition and multiple wake words for voice-based cloud services such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, courtesy of Aaware’s technology. (See “Looking to turbocharge Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home? Aaware’s Zynq-based kit is the tool you need.”) The finished smart speaker requires a pledge of $129 (or $299 for three of them) but the dev kit version of the Mycroft Mark II requires a pledge of only $99, which is cheap as dev kits go. (Note: there are only 88 of these kits left, as of this writing.)

 

  • You could look at the Mycroft Mark II as a general-purpose, $99 Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC open-source dev kit with a touch screen that’s also been enabled for voice control, which you can use as a platform for a variety of IIoT, cloud computing, or embedded projects. That in itself is a very attractive offer. As the Mycroft Mark II Kickstarter project page says: “The Mark II has special features that make hacking and customizing easy, not to mention thorough documentation and a community to lean on when building. Support for our community is central to the Mycroft mission.” That’s a lot for a sub-$100 dev kit, don’t you think?

 

 

Mycroft Mark II Smart Speaker Xray Diagram.jpg 

 

Mycroft Mark II Voice Assistant Xray Diagram