Picroft is specifically packaged to run on a Raspberry Pi 3 or 3B+. It is built on top of the official Raspbian Stretch Lite and is available as a disk image ready to be burned to a microSD card. For complete instructions see Getting started with Picroft.
For Mycroft to hear you and respond to you, just connect a speaker and a USB microphone to your Pi. See here for a rundown of which components have been found to work best. If you prefer something ready for plug-and-play, check out our Mark I.
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Mark I is a no-fuss way to get started. It has been designed specifically to work with Mycroft’s capabilities as a standalone device. Great for those who aren’t super technical, but it can be easily extended, altered, modified, and hacked.
Mark II is the next incarnation of Mycroft. It sports a 4-inch display to accompany the voice interaction with a visual interface. Microphone and speaker components have also been updated. Best for those who want a ‘works out of the box’ solution.
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B. If you have Mark I or Mark II, follow the instructions in the booklet that was included in your box. The guide for Mark I is also available here in PDF.
Mycroft devices need to be paired with your Mycroft Home account to work. During the device setup, your Mycroft should give you a 6-letter pairing code. Pairing your account gives your device details such as your general location – for Skills like weather – and your preferences for measurements such as temperature. It also lets you install new Skills and connect to 3rd party services securely and privately.
To talk to Mycroft, just say Hey Mycroft followed by your request. For instance Hey Mycroft, what time is it? You can try asking things like:
- Hey Mycroft, what’s the weather like?
- Hey Mycroft, tell me about dinosaurs.
- Hey Mycroft, play Beck on Pandora.
- Hey Mycroft, set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Hey Mycroft, play the news.
- Hey Mycroft, what’s a conundrum?
To stop Mycroft, just say Hey Mycroft, stop.
Skills for Mycroft are like apps for your phone. They are programs that do a specific job, like telling you the weather. Mycroft comes with a set of pre-installed skills like music, timer, or Wikipedia. You can extend Mycroft’s functionality by adding new skills built by our Community. Check what’s available on the Marketplace.
To add a new skill using voice, just say e.g. Hey Mycroft, install Speedtest.
Check your Geographical Location setting in Mycroft Home > Devices.
All Devices pull down a local copy of configuration settings from home.mycroft.ai. You may need to instruct your Device to pull down your configuration again. To do this, say Hey Mycroft, configuration update.
Plug in the network cable before plugging in the power supply.
If you connect Mark I or Picroft to an HDMI output and nothing is showing on the HDMI screen, reboot the device. The HDMI cable may need to be plugged in before the device boots up.
Yellow eyes indicate an update is in progress. If the device gets stuck on yellow eyes for too long, try rebooting.
Give him a moment and he will start talking again. If that doesn’t work, reboot the device.
Try turning your device off and on again.