Start or not...?



  • Hi there,
    I would like to start building a magic mirror, but I have some doubts about its real usefulness in terms of home automation.

    I would use it for these uses:
    1- with Google assistant command the light in the house using wifi switches.
    2- always with Google assistant view the cameras positioned at home.
    3- always with Google assistant play music on YouTube.
    4- connect to Raspberry a Wired speakers or bluetooth speakers
    5- always with Google assistant connect Raspberry to a thermostat to regulate the home temperature.

    Is it possible to do all this?
    If it is possible, for each point you could indicate which modules/projects are suitable for the purpose?

    Thanks guys!
    PS: sorry for my bad english…😅


  • Module Developer

    @egnos
    MM is not Google Assistant itself. (I think you’d better to purchase Lenovo Smart Display. but some of your requests are not available even on it.)
    Anyway, MM has not the marketable mass-productive usefulness, but some funny kinds of hobby or toy for DIY. (We have already better alternatives like smartphone for usefulness)

    1. possible.
    2. obvious. What do you mean exactly?
    3. Maybe or not. Only REAL Google Assistant(Google Home) has an unlimited accessibility for YouTube Music.
    4. possible
    5. Why do you need Google Assistant to regulate your home temperature? Of course, RPI itself can do.


  • @sean many thanks for you answers!
    I love building anything and the raspberry is my longtime adventures companion …
    When I discovered the MM project a world opened up, and the idea of commanding things using the Google Assistant and seeing the result on the display I think it’s very nice!
    For my purposes the MM is much more scenographic and impact than the Lenovo Smart Display.

    My answers in bold:

    1- possible. What is the name of the module that manages this function?
    2- obvious. What do you mean exactly? I would like to put cameras for video surveillance in the garden and see them in real time on the MM (to check the children…) .
    3- Maybe or not. Only REAL Google Assistant(Google Home) has an unlimited accessibility for YouTube Music. Exists another way to listen the music?
    4- possible.
    5- Why do you need Google Assistant to regulate your home temperature? Of course, RPI itself can do. Because it is more comfortable to set the thermostat by voice

    In youtube there is a project that is very close to my idea:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVmDjJmcd2M

    I hope to succeed in my project…and surely I would make it available to the community!!


  • Module Developer

    @egnos
    Most of your question could be found here;
    https://github.com/MichMich/MagicMirror/wiki/3rd-Party-Modules

    1- possible. What is the name of the module that manages this function?

    If you mean embeded Google Assistant, a few modules exist. Check above link. Not only GA, various kinds of voice commander there.

    2- obvious. What do you mean exactly? I would like to put cameras for video surveillance in the garden and see them in real time on the MM (to check the children…) .

    Check also link. I think MMM-RTSPStream would be one of them.

    3- Maybe or not. Only REAL Google Assistant(Google Home) has an unlimited accessibility for YouTube Music. Exists another way to listen the music?

    From your local SD card? there are also several local or internet music related modules.

    5- Why do you need Google Assistant to regulate your home temperature? Of course, RPI itself can do. Because it is more comfortable to set the thermostat by voice

    As I wrote above, Not only GA but several modules for voice command exist.

    But some module exists doesn’t mean that could be perfect to your purpose. You should read documents of each module carefully, and should confirm what could be able or not. Some task would be very easy, but some tasks wouldn’t be so easy to work nicely as your expectation. I wish you a good luck.



  • @sean said in Start or not...?:

    From your local SD card? there are also several local or internet music related modules.

    I would prefer on the internet

    Another question:
    is it possible to assign a specific action to a voice command ?.

    Have you watched the video I posted to you?

    Thank you for all the advice and if you can think of anything else do not hesitate to write …😉


  • Module Developer

    @egnos
    In video, he used GassistPi(https://github.com/shivasiddharth/GassistPi), not MM module. It is a separate program and runs out of MM environment independently. So it might not be combined chemically. (but physically, anyway its ok.)
    I think if you have a plan to use that program, ask your question and request related with GA to its developer.



  • @sean said in Start or not...?:

    It is a separate program and runs out of MM environment independently. So it might not be combined chemically.

    What do you mean?
    This module work in the background without connecting to MM?
    Example: I ask something to GA that executes the command but I will not see the result on MM. Correct?

    Thanks.


  • Module Developer

    @egnos
    As I know, you’re right.
    Maybe there could be some bridge method, but gassistpi is standalone program by default. It is not made for MM.


  • Module Developer

    Anyway, there are many modules for google assistant or alexa or others including offline local detector beside GAssistPi in MM Scenes.
    Some might be a simple implementation of standalone, but some might be deeply combined with MM. see the list and find for your purpose.



  • @sean thank you for your help!

    I’ll have to buy a new Raspberry (the first one is already busy …), plus the other components (usb microphone, HDMI/VGA adaptor, etc…).
    Can you recommend a site at a good price where to buy all the components including Raspberry?

    Thanks