Google’s updated DIY Vision and Voice kits include a Raspberry Pi Zero

Google's AIY projects (a clever play on "DIY" and "artificial intelligence" that makes no sense when you think about it) matches a Raspberry Pi with the accessories, software and the cardboard needed to create your own smart speaker Google Assistant or smart object recognition camera. They were only released last year, but Google has already returned with new and improved versions of AIY Vision Kit and AIY Voice Kit (as discovered by 9to5 Google ).

The new kits now include a new Raspberry Pi Zero in the box and a pre-loaded SD card to make it easier to get started. Google is also providing a complementary application AIY for Android (and then iOS and Chrome) to help with the wireless configuration and configuration of its new horn or DIY smart camera, although you can still use the Pi as a standard Linux computer with a monitor, keyboard and mouse if that is more your style. Vision Kit also includes Pi Camera Module V2.

Google is working in many areas to help make machine learning more accessible. In addition to the preformed models you can download for your Vision Kit from the AIY Projects site, Google has just launched TensorFlow.js, which is a browser-based version of TensorFlow, Google's industry-leading machine learning framework. So it's conceivable that you can now train your own cat recognizer in a web browser and then run it on your self-built smart camera without having a doctorate in machine vision.

The new vision kit and voice kit are now available at Target and cost $ 89.99 and $ 49.99, respectively.