The Rubicon is a river in Italy

My hacking projects need editing.

So, this started off pretty simply. Get PiClock running on a Pi, and have it connected to an old TV that’s lying around.
Oh, and I’m going to hack PiClock a bit to stream off my webcams. And get it to tie into a bunch of local sensors. It could, in theory, use sunset times to turn on lights in here and things like that (and turn them off if I’m being lazy).
And I’ve got an old ATI Wonder RF remote with a USB dongle I can plugin and use as an input device.

Then I find out that Alexa/Amazon Echo/AVS is on github.

Hm. That could work. That’d be pretty cool to hack into the Hue lights and random Wemo switches (which currently aren’t doing much).
And if I ever hack that robot to be Pi-controlled, that’d be cool…

Anyway, I digress. Frequently.

So here’s where I am now:

I bought a new Pi 3(my old Pi model b wasn’t up to snuff to run PiClock)
It’s got WiFi built in (hooray) and Bluetooth built in (huh).

I have the ATI remote working OK in Pixel. There was a lot of going around in circles with turning off configuration and whatnot until I got there.
I have a simple version of PiClock up and running without issues, but then again I haven’t started hacking on it yet.

I look around and see I have a freebie Bluetooth ‘headset’ (which is really a speaker with a built in microphone) laying around.

Hm, think I, that would do perfectly as an interface to my not-Dot.
I can get it paired in Bluetooth to the Pi but it will not stay connected. OK, I’ll come back to that later.
Let’s see if I can get pulseaudio working. Nope, it won’t start and complains about missing files.

So I am crossing the Rubicon:
It’s time, as seems to be common in Raspberry Pi world, to start with a clean install of Raspbian Jessie (and Pixel) and go from there.

So that’s where I am now. I have a ton of spare SD cards lying around, so I’m going to grab the latest Jessie and start from there. The next story here will be all about that clean start and act as kind of a notebook for me. If someone else finds some of those notes useful, then hooray.

What this should turn into, all things being equal, is an Amazon Echo with a screen. It looks like that’s what a lot of these fridge manufacturers are starting to do. Voice recognition does seem to be the next big thing, and I read an interesting article about how this could really put a crimp in Google’s business model. But it also means I won’t have to get this ATI remote working with the Pi, if I’m really lucky.

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