Chatterbox, The DIY Smart Speaker For Kids, Features An Open-Source Voice Assistant Emphasizing Privacy And Security
Chatterbox is a build-it-yourself, program-it-yourself smart speaker that teaches kids how to program a voice-based AI system.
Since it uses Mycroft, an open-source voice assistant, complete privacy is assured. The product is compliant with COPPA, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law. The company is planning to start a Kickstarter campaign and start shipping to school late this year. The CEO of the company places an emphasis on privacy and security and plans to provide a safe computing platform for kids.
Chatterbox is designed for kids above the age of 7 and comes with a kit that the kids need to assemble. You will find an expansion board for a microphone and speaker, a Raspberry Pi, and a physical button for voice in the kit.
The user would need to push the button to enable listening, instead of the device waiting for the trigger word. Detailed instructions have been provided and let the children develop cloud-based voice applications. It could be anything including sending messages, weather reports, controlling connected lights, getting news, and so on.
The Mycroft AI was developed in 2015 by Joshua Montgomery and since it is open-source, the chances of privacy issues drop significantly. The best is that it can be run from anywhere and be used for anything.
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