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Home automation, Speech recognition hold-up.

By SkyBlader ·
So I recently decided I wanted a cool side project and figured home automation would work. I came up with the idea that I wanted to be able to "talk" to my house from any room in the house and have it talk back to me and perform some task. In example if I said house turn the lights on, the lights for the room I was in when saying this would come on.

The speech recognition and sending commands bit I have coded and working, the hangup I am now at is trying to figure out the hardware. At this point I am not sure how I can get 5-10 separate mics hooked into one computer, as well as the same number of audio outputs going to speakers (1 mic and 1 set of speakers per room). Also the ability for the pc to be able to send output to a specific speaker set(audio only to the room I am in) as well as determine where the command came from(determine which mic the command was picked up from) would be needed.

So basically what kind of hardware(sound card + mixer board combo?) is needed to monitor all these inputs(at the same time) and be able to output to one of the many speakers hooked up to it.

After getting frustrated from a good amount of googling giving me 20 different ways to record my very own single, or mix like a club DJ, I figured I would see if anyone here had some insight as to what would work.

Edit after looking at bwilmot's post(thanks)
Well after more looking I see this http://www.iautomate.com/whole_house.html
Which gives a breakdown similar to what I was looking at doing but it looks to be rather pricey, any experts out there know of any cheaper hardware or solutions that have come out recently as 2k+ just for microphones and mixers is probably too high for me.
Chris

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Just a quick thought

by IC-IT In reply to Home automation, Speech r ...

If each rooms mic had a unique ID (or an identifing command like Den) and this was sent to a central controller, then the controller would know which room sent the command and respond in kind.
This may have a few leads;

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=multiple+room+speech+command+wiring+combining&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

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Not something that I've worked with previously but this may be of some help

by OH Smeg In reply to Home automation, Speech r ...

http://www.ukrocketman.com/homeauto/index.shtml

You could try Goggling Home Automation Concepts for other ideas.

Col

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Did you read my post at all, other than the title?

by SkyBlader In reply to Not something that I've w ...

I did not just sit around and say hey home automation would be cool let me post asking questions without doing any research at all! The link you put in here is dealing with the x10 systems which are old and slow and not terribly reliable, the new standard is Insteon.

That aside my post was not even about how to automate my home, its about how I can hook up 6-10 mics and 6-10 sets of speakers to a single pc/server for speech recognition of commands. The only thing remotely related to this at all in your link is that the author says he ran some speaker cable?

I have googled and googled and googled, I posted here because I am looking for a specific answer, I even posted a link of a similar setup to what I want, but it was way too pricey so I asked for cheaper alternative solutions that anyone knew of.

I appreciate you looking at my post but please try to post an answer that's relative to the topic.

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That was a Rhetorical Question right?

by OH Smeg In reply to Did you read my post at a ...

My response was to your not wanting to pay for dedicated Hardware required to connect the Mic's in the manner that you wanted.

I didn't say you have not looked for ideas just may be it would be a good idea to look at the Concepts involved.

As I Do Not know what you have looked at and you did not say I started with the Basics. But as you seemed to be implying that you could write the software but had come to problems with the Hardware Side of things.

My Mistake I'll now leave you to your own devices as you are so knowledgeable on this issue. :^0

Col

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You can read right?

by SkyBlader In reply to That was a Rhetorical Que ...

"My response was to your not wanting to pay for dedicated Hardware required to connect the Mic's in the manner that you wanted."

I'm sorry when did I ever say I didn't want to pay for it? I asked if anyone knew any cheaper solutions than the one specific one I listed. Mainly looking for something that doesn't require such an expensive mixer.

"I didn't say you have not looked for ideas just may be it would be a good idea to look at the Concepts involved."

The link you posted had absolutely <b>NOTHING</b> to do with the concept I asked a question("So basically what kind of hardware(sound card + mixer board combo?) is needed to monitor all these inputs(at the same time) and be able to output to one of the many speakers hooked up to it.") on, so I fail to see how looking at it was a good idea and not just a waste of time.

"My Mistake I'll now leave you to your own devices as you are so knowledgeable on this issue."

If I was so knowledgeable I wouldn't be posting here asking questions. I simply don't need to know how to make pancakes when I am trying to find a way to hookup lots of inputs and outputs to one pc. At this point I think your just trolling to try and raise your activity level.

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You posted your link an hour AFTER OH Smeg replied..

by OldER Mycroft In reply to You can read right?

So you cannot berade him for something he couldn't possibly see!

Thus you appear to be getting upset about circumstances that are all of your own making.

As regards any Peer's 'activity level', in the greater scheme of things you've been here barely the blink of an eye.

I suggest you take a breather from the electronics aspect of this project for now - I'm sure you've already got your hands full finding all the specialist paint and plexiglass required for constructing the bridge of the Starship Enterprise in your lounge.

"Make it so!" :^0

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Wouldn't it be nice if forums kept logs as accurate as the captain's log?

by SkyBlader In reply to You posted your link an h ...

It's nice to know you can read a last modified date and automatically assume what content came from it. The last edited date stamp was from a spelling correction(i put now instead of know). Smeg saw my link and if you read his post and mine that's pretty simple to figure out, as he commented on how I thought the hardware setup was too expensive. Since I didn't say anything about price or hardware in my original post he had to have seen my edited post containing the link and comment on it being pricey.

I am not looking to start any kind of flame war on this forum, I came here to ask a specific technical question in the hopes of getting some answers. When Smeg posted I took it at face value that he read and understood my question and had kindly posted some info that he felt was relevant and helpful to my problem. Instead, I wasted time reading something that had absolutely nothing to do with my problem. If you asked someone how to install a ceiling fan and they gave you some blueprints to a house you might be a little upset yourself, especially if you read through all the blue prints thinking somewhere in there was some instructions on how to put that fan in.

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I'm afraid 'Log Inaccuracy' is all your own fault ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Wouldn't it be nice if fo ...

Y'see, when WE ~the ill-educated, by your accounts, illiterate~ EDIT a post, we generally tend to ANNOTATE it to indicate the purpose of the edit.

As in this example of my previous literary tardiness:

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=314259&messageID=3128860

Had you annotated your edit, like all good ship's captains should, your post would not have been open to misinterpretation.

As regards your having "wasted time reading something that had absolutely nothing to do with my problem" - try to spare some thought for the die-hards on TechRepublic that spend countless hours reading posts from all walks of life. Some extremely erudite in their construction - some barely intelligible at all.

These posts all tend to come from users that have encountered a system problem that they have never experienced before and that has taken them completely unawares and left them in a state of panic.

Invariably they do not come from some knob-end who "decided I wanted a cool side project and figured home automation would work" - only to discover that they had willingly jumped into the wrong end of the proverbial technical swimming pool.

If you feel that your particular post has been handled with less than a sense of accurate concise urgency, perhaps consideration should be given to how you ended up, and who is responsible for you having ended up, in this mess in the first place.

By the way, house blueprints would at least indicate (with accuracy) where the ceiling joists were located. Unless you'd prefer the Heath-Robinson approach, ventilating your ceiling in various places until you stumbled upon a suitable point to screw your ceiling fan into ?

But, of course, silly me - you wouldn't need to do that, would you?...

YOU'D JUST ASK THE CEILING WHERE THE JOIST WAS. :^0

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Sounds like Jarvis pretty cool idea

by CG IT In reply to Home automation, Speech r ...

your idea is actually pretty cool. As you say, when someone says "lights on" once the command is completed, voice confirmation happens. Something like "Lights On" or you can say "Computer" like in Star Trek and the "computer" responds "ready" blah blah.

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Oops - I posted above before reading this ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Sounds like Jarvis pretty ...

If the Star Trek reference bites home, YOU should get the 'credit'.

SHIELDS UP !!

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