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Google’s awesome new AIY speaker kit now includes a Raspberry Pi

Google has revealed new versions of its AIY Projects kits, which make it even easier for budding electronics hobbyists to build an Assistant-powered speaker or smart camera.

The new version of the AIY (Artificial Intelligence Yourself) Voice Kit now includes the Raspberry Pi Zero WH board, which folks had previously previously had to buy separately.

It also includes a pre-loaded SD card featuring the software you need to create the box-like approximation of a Google Home speaker.

Meanwhile, the new AIY Vision Kit, which enables buyers to create a smart camera that can recognise objects, detect faces, and emotions, includes the Raspberry Pi Camera Module (v2) as well as the Pi Zero and the pre-loaded SD card.

Both kits include everything else you need to complete the project, while Google is also introducing a dedicated Android app to make things even easier.

The Voice Kit costs $50, while the Vision Kit costs $90 and will be available at Target in the United States this month.

Google is also planning to launch the newly-provisioned kits around the globe, but we’re yet to hear specifics from the firm.

The first we heard of the AIY project was last May, when it arrived as a free giveaway with issue 57 of The MagPi.

All you’ll needed was the Raspberry Pi 3, along with the hardware kit and directions supplied inside the special edition of the magazine.

Obviously Google is charing a little bit more for its new kits, but is simplifying the process for newcomers by providing absolutely everything they’ll need.

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