AlexaDev Tuesday: Cool Alexa Device Hacks

Those merry hacksters and makers over at Hackster.io have come up with some very cool Alexa device hacks. If you’re a die hard tinkerer, you’ve come on a good day!

 

McGyver

 

Most of these projects are created using Raspberry Pi, Particle Photon, Maestro and similar electronics components, together with toys, accessories and robotics parts of varying cost and complexity.

First up, the one that’s been lighting up the internet all day: The Yorick Project, by Mike McGurrin. This one may be costly if you don’t already own a 3-axis talking skull, but if you’ve already made that investment the only other major supply requirements are a Raspberry Pi and servo controller.

 

 


McGurrin was inspired by Donald Bell’s equally hilarious (and some would say, equally creepy) Animate a Billy Bass Mouth With Any Audio Source project.

 

 


Next, it’s Patt Vira’s Magic Eyeball hack. This one adds animatronic eyeballs to a Magic 8 Ball skill.

 

 


Ɓukasz Budnik’s Alexa Voice-controlled Robot looks like a lot of fun.

 

 


Gergely Imreh’s Voice Controlled LED Matrix Christmas Tree project is holiday themed, but it’s a great jumping off point for more complex applications.

 

 


For those who are looking for a challenge, consider trying your hand at Elvis Wolcott’s Voice Activated Drink Mixer.

 

 


Finally, Team Technomadic has created a wearable Alexa device that can save lives. Their Personal Healthcare Assistant PHA monitors patients who have had, or are at high risk of having, a cardiac arrest.

 

Alexa PHA

 

Now get out there and start hacking!

 

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The second-generation Vilros Raspberry Pi Ultimate Project Kit (UK visitors click here) is a great setup for those who want to get started with these types of Hackster projects. It comes pre-loaded with NOOBS, offers on-board WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, noise filter, 32GB SD card, micro USB cable, clear case and more. Currently priced at $89.99.

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