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BigTimer and Amazon Polly Notifications

Sometimes it can be helpful to think outside of the box and I just did. We were discussing getting Amazon Echo to give out arbitrary notifications from a Raspberry Pi + Node-Red installation and after messing about with this for a while I remembered I have an Amazon AWS account in which I use POLY speech synth (see relevant blog entry).

Bigtimer controlling speech on the Pi

I originally put in place a Node-Red sub-flow to play the RED ALERT message and similar from Star Trek as well as arbitrary speech (high quality English female voice is my preference hence the use of Amazon Polly) from the Pi. Essentially I’m using the command line tool MPG123 (via Node-Red) to play MP3 files and Amazon Polly to create new voice files as and when needed. 


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