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A Raspberry Pi-powered home robot called Ewon

29 May 2020

Engineer Sharath Naik has created Ewon – a Raspberry Pi-powered home robot that uses Google Assistant to detect and show emotions.

Image courtesy of Sharath Naik

After watching an episode of Black Mirror, one about a home robot called Ashley O, Naik decided he wanted to build his own robot that “has a lot of character around it.” He set some ground rules:

• It has to be easy for everyone to try out

• Not just about being cute but also be useful so it doesn't end up on a shelf

• Modular, so that you can keep adding new features.

Naik decided to use Google Assistant SDK, as it provided a lot of the features he was looking for. It also meant that users could use Ewon as a simple Google Home device if they got bored of it. 

Naik says, “What Ewon will be doing is adding a character to the Google Assistant. That is showing emotions and reacting to what the user says. Now it's not just the voice you hear but you also get to see how to reacts.”

Video courtesy of Sharath Naik.

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