Voice Activate Labels
About the project
just shout: hey google, print me a label : "insert text here" and it just pops out of the labelprinter! no mare hassle with apps, software, packages and so on! And it's also a WiFi printserver, WAW!
Platforms: Raspberry Pi
Estimated time: 2 weeks
Items used in this project
Software apps and online services
Hand tools and fabrication machines
Freezer management and personal Hygiene are so imporant these days!
I used to just write the day on my frozen goods with a marker before putting them in the freezer,
but unfortunately those would always wear off!
In the meantime labelprinters are made just for this purpose, but printing a label can sometimes be cumbersome.Given the technological means we have today, there must be an easier way!Introducing : the voice activated label printer!Just shout to google assistant what you want on your lable and tadaaaaa, a lable pops out just with what you need.Prefereably linked to google home or google assistant on your smartphone.If you need to make labels with more specific stuff, the wifi connection also hosts a website to put free text to print, or you can even just print labels from windows or any other platform, because the wifi connection can be accessed as a printserver.A FULL option label printer for all uses, the way it should be, in 2020!
The implementation consists of two primary parts :
1) The Dymo Labelprinter now has the amazing "GiantBoard" built in and is running a Flask-Based Webserver and API. You can surf to the homepage of your labelprinter just by tapping in it's IP in your browser and do various things :
- Quickly print a label in the quick print bar, no hassling around with drirvers software, anything.Just print a label from ANY device that is connected to your wifi.Free, simple, easy.
- Add products to your freezer, add in some product to your current freezer by tapping in what you are putting in and the description, there's even users and an audit trail table that keeps up with whom adds and removes products from the freezer
2) The App written in "B4A" allowing interfacing with the webserver. Tired of remembering your label printer's IP? want to cut the hastle and just should to your phone what you want on your label? Want to scan out products of the freezer instead of having to manually check them out?it's all possible with this app!
Future additions will consist of :- Making a table of recently removed products availabe to the app, also offline. So you can check while shopping what you recently consumed and needs to be replenished. (some code has been prepped but not implemented/tested- tighter integration with the assistant. Unfortunately google is very picky about their integrations into google Home for example, which would be the best solution. So for now you have to start the app first, that can be done with a voice command as well, and after the prompt shout out your label. I'm keeping an eye on the possibilities for a more tight integration.
I will make a fork out of this project to create membership cards and being able to scan in/out members based off the QR codes.