Build Your Own Google Home Assistant – Google AIY & Raspberry Pi

As a huge fan of the Raspberry Pi, I’m always looking for cool new projects to try. Google had released a free hardware kit with Issue 57 of the MagPi magazine. The kit included a Pi Voice Hat, a microphone board, speaker, a “traditional google” card board case and various bits to put it all together. Apparently this is Google’s answer the Raspberry Pi Amazon Echo that was released last year.

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on the kit, I hope you put it to good use. They were in limited supply and are sold out at this point. Maybe they will make another run and sell them in the Google store?

If you still want to try this project with out the kit you can! Google has published instructions.

Supplies you will need


Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and power supply

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YouTube will have a new look soon – try DARK MODE before its officially released.

Do you remember the beginning when YouTube was  just born? It was 12 years ago when the world started posting silly cat videos and our daily lives online.

Coming soon YouTube will be updating and simplifying  its design. They have adopted a similar design that is normally associated with Google and Android.

Try out a fresh look for YouTube

“This new desktop design highlights your favorite videos and creators while making YouTube easier and more fun to use. We’re still working on it, but we can’t wait for you to try it out and let us know what you think!”

According to YouTube’s web site the new design will feature:

  • A clean design
  • New Dark Theme to reduce glare
  • A new faster framework, to allow quick development of new features
Dark Mode Preview

Its available right now as a pre-release for you to try here. Keep in mind it has not been officially launched yet, so there may still be some missing features and bug.


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