We are starting a new regular entry here. Every week I’ll post a “What’s New” with the latest developments in the Mycroft software world. This week I’ll catch up a little with the previous week of interesting developments, too…
- We began working with KDE Desktop development team to make Mycroft a part of their Plasma environment! Read more about it here tomorrow.
NOTE: 0.8.5 was only a minor release to correct an error that occurred while producing packaging
- Added configuration setting for command line used to play WAV and MP3 audio. PR #514
- BUGFIX: For Picroft, used the above setting to specify the hardware device used by ‘aplay’. This fixes an ALSA/PulseAudio issue which would lockup for 30 seconds fairly regularly when playing back a WAV (such as when Mycroft speaks). PR #5 (enclosure-picroft)
- More verbose Skill service logging, such as where Skills are being loaded from and what intents are registered. PR #513
- A wake word detected sound has been added for better interaction. Thanks to contributor “tmajibon” for getting this going! PR #472
- Added resource mechanism for customizing sounds, such as the wake word ding. PR #504
- When pairing a device it could be difficult to understand the spoken code. Added a NATO-inspired phonetic spelling, such as “C as in Charlie”. PR #502
- Load data files for skills automatically when loading the skill. Skills no longer need to call self.load_data_files(dirname(file)) PR #499
- The Adapt intent parser version used has been upgraded to 0.3.0. Major changes include a ContextManager for intent parsing. PR #496, see also Adapt PR #46
- BUGFIX: Github login was often failing due to a change in the github API
- Weather and Time Skills now using location information as entered for device on home.mycroft.ai. The timezone is automatically derived from the locations. PR #492
- CLI interface made more friendly. Now shows output as text as well as playing the audio. PR #494
- All new website! This is a complete refresh from the ground up.
- BUGFIX: Pairing code entry on some browsers allowed lowercase, breaking the pairing.
- Created a 404 page (see https://home.mycroft.ai/nothinghere)
- Bottom logo now links to https://mycroft.ai
Steve has been building cutting edge yet still highly usable technology for over 25 years, previously leading teams at Autodesk and the Rhythm Engineering. He now leads the development team at Mycroft as a partner and the CTO.