Raspbian Stretch PicroftWhile Mycroft runs off of dedicated smart assistant hardware such as the Mark I, Picroft allows anyone with a Raspberry Pi board to create a smart assistant. With a move to Raspbian Stretch, Picroft now functions on both the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 3 B+ for backward compatibility. Aside from this, the new version of Picroft packs a few changes. Rather than its former Debian package installation, the new Picroft release opts for a Github installation which yields automatic updates.
Additionally, initial configuration of audio drivers and network settings is simplified. Automatic configuration tests and verifies speaker output, mic input, and sound levels. Google's AIY Voice Kit array microphone is supported in the new version of Picroft.
Looking ahead, Mycroft is poised to release skills which let you use a GPIO pins similar to the Mark I button. Overall, the Picroft Raspbian Stretch update simplifies the installation process for Picroft, as well as delivers support to the latest Raspberry Pi model. For more smart home Raspberry Pi projects, check out Hass.io and these smart home automation software options!