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My result about voice control


  • Module Developer

    The last few month’s i tried to find out which voice module is the best for me. It was a hard work but
    i never gave up so i tested Alexa, MMM-voice and also Kaliope. So here is my personal result:

    First of all it was not easy to get all this diff. modules to work but finaly i did. I think all of them are
    good in their own way so Alexa can access lots of diff. stuff and it speaks german (i am german, but its a very hard job to integrate with MM and other modules) same as Kaliope (it supports many languages so the best for international users, but hard to understand and no good documentation). MMM-voice is for english users the very best choice, good understanding and easy to integrate (for ex. MMM-Lucy).
    So what do i prefer, to be true none of them my MM is part of my bathroom so for me and my family its important in the morning to listen to the radio (news, traffic and music) this works fine BUT also its the end of all voice recognation cause the modules listen more to the radio than to my voice.
    For my needs i wrote a little module to control the mirror by touchscreen or mouse (in my case i use a cheap mouse pad which fits to my bathroom) so i can do all the things that can be done with voice.

    I hope i could help some of u nice people with ur own decisions.



  • @tbbear Great!! Jesus! I mean Robert! You’re very brave jumping through all those hoops.

    I’m now at the point of looking to use either MMM-Assistant or MMM-voice.
    As for the music being picked up by voice control, perhaps there are some alternative solutions we can think of? I’m thinking:

    1. Use MM to play your music!
    2. Use a PIR to either:
      a. disable/pause the music
      b. lower the volume significantly
    3. combine with a hardware gpio button, it could even be an IR or capacitive button which you could connect to the mirror itself and if you touch the mirror, then it activates.

    Question: What is the status of Alexa these days? (Which one did you use?)

    E.g. People are still saying it really make your RPi suffer. Were you able to run all your other MMM’s while Alexa was working?


  • Module Developer

    @tbbear said in My result about voice control:

    I hope i could help some of u nice people with ur own decisions.

    Nice work, Robert!

    I told you. That is why I added a clickable button to appear when MMM-Alarm-Clock sounds an alarm. The sound of the alarm defeats the microphone/voice recognition.

    Still, thanks for your hard work and findings. 🙂


  • Module Developer

    @E3V3A said in My result about voice control:

    a. disable/pause the music
    b. lower the volume significantly

    In a quiet environment, voice accuracy is nearly flawless. In a noisy environment, accuracy is significantly reduced. In a loud environment, accuracy is nearly non existent. 😕