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Speech Recognition with Arduino

In this project I use BitVoicer’s speech recognition features (http://www.bitsophia.com/BitVoicer.aspx), one Arduino board and one electret microphone (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9964) to control a few LEDs.

This project is similar to the one in my first post (http://letsmakerobots.com/node/35109), but now I use audio streaming to send audio to BitVoicer.

The following fritzing schematic shows how I wired my Arduino board:

BitVoicer_Fritzing

I’m also adding a few pictures and a YouTube video of the project running:

Unfortunately, the sketch I wrote for my first post is no longer supported by the new version of BitVoicer. Here is the new sketch:

#include <BitVoicer11.h>
 
//Instantiates the BitVoicerSerial class
BitVoicerSerial bvSerial = BitVoicerSerial();
 
//Stores true if the Audio Streaming Calibration tool
//is running
boolean sampleTest = false;
//Stores the data type retrieved by getData()
byte dataType = 0;
//Sets up the pins and default variables
int pinR = 3;
int pinY = 5;
int pinG = 6;
int lightLevel = 0;
 
void setup()
{
  //Sets the analog reference to external (AREF pin)
  //WARNING!!! If anything is conected to the AREF pin,
  //this function MUST be called first. Otherwise, it will
  //damage the board.
  bvSerial.setAnalogReference(BV_EXTERNAL);
  //Sets up the microcontroller to perform faster analog reads
  //on the specified pin
  bvSerial.setAudioInput(0);
  //Starts serial communication at 115200 bps
  Serial.begin(115200);
  //Sets up the pinModes
  pinMode(pinR, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(pinY, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(pinG, OUTPUT);
}
 
void loop()
{
  //Captures audio and sends it to BitVoicer if the Audio
  //Streaming Calibration Tool is running
  if (sampleTest == true)
  {
    //The value passed to the function is the time
    //(in microseconds) that the function has to wait before
    //performing the reading. It is used to achieve about
    //8000 readings per second.
    bvSerial.processAudio(46);
  }
 
  //Captures audio and sends it to BitVoicer if the Speech
  //Recognition Engine is running
  if (bvSerial.engineRunning)
  {
    //The value passed to the function is the time
    //(in microseconds) that the function has to wait before
    //performing the reading. It is used to achieve about
    //8000 readings per second.
    bvSerial.processAudio(46);
  }
}
 
//This function runs every time serial data is available
//in the serial buffer after a loop
void serialEvent()
{
  //Reads the serial buffer and stores the received data type
  dataType = bvSerial.getData();
 
  //Changes the value of sampleTest if the received data was
  //the start/stop sampling command
  if (dataType == BV_COMMAND)
      sampleTest = bvSerial.cmdData;
 
  //Signals BitVoicer's Speech Recognition Engine to start
  //listening to audio streams after the engineRunning status
  //was received
  if (dataType == BV_STATUS && bvSerial.engineRunning == true)
    bvSerial.startStopListening();
 
  //Checks if the data type is the same as the one in the
  //Voice Schema
  if (dataType == BV_STR)
    setLEDs(bvSerial.strData);
}

//Performs the LED changes according to the value in
//bvSerial.strData
void setLEDs(String str)
{
  if (str == "wake")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinR, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinY, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinG, HIGH);
    delay(200);
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    delay(200);
    digitalWrite(pinR, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinY, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinG, HIGH);
    delay(200);
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    delay(200);
    digitalWrite(pinR, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinY, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinG, HIGH);
    delay(200);
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    lightLevel = 0;
  }
  else if (str == "sleep")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinR, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinY, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinG, HIGH);
    delay(200);
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    delay(200);
    digitalWrite(pinR, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinY, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinG, HIGH);
    delay(200);
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    lightLevel = 0;
  }
  else if (str == "RH")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinR, HIGH);
    lightLevel = 255;
  }
  else if (str == "RL")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    lightLevel = 0;
  }
  else if (str == "YH")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinY, HIGH);
    lightLevel = 255;
  }
  else if (str == "YL")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    lightLevel = 0;
  }
  else if (str == "GH")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinG, HIGH);
    lightLevel = 255;
  }
  else if (str == "GL")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    lightLevel = 0;
  }
  else if (bvSerial.strData == "ALLON")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinR, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinY, HIGH);
    digitalWrite(pinG, HIGH);
    lightLevel = 255;
  }
  else if (bvSerial.strData == "ALLOFF")
  {
    digitalWrite(pinR, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinY, LOW);
    digitalWrite(pinG, LOW);
    lightLevel = 0;
  }
  else if (bvSerial.strData == "brighter")
  {
    if (lightLevel < 255)
    {
      lightLevel += 85;
      analogWrite(pinR, lightLevel);
      analogWrite(pinY, lightLevel);
      analogWrite(pinG, lightLevel);
    }
  }
  else if (bvSerial.strData == "darker")
  {
    if (lightLevel > 0)
    {
      lightLevel -= 85;
      analogWrite(pinR, lightLevel);
      analogWrite(pinY, lightLevel);
      analogWrite(pinG, lightLevel);
    }
  }
  else
  {
    bvSerial.startStopListening();
    bvSerial.sendToBV("ERROR:" + bvSerial.strData);
    bvSerial.startStopListening();
  }
}

The BitVoicer Voice Schema I used can be downloaded from: http://www.justbuss.xpg.com.br/BitVoicerTest2.zip (you need to have BitVoicer installed to be able open it).

Now I want to control a few things (lights and celling fan) at home. Suggestions are very welcome.

 

 

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I looked at the software with some interest and all that are available are .exe files. It looks like BitVoicer is part library and part application so even if I could get BitVoicer11.h there would be a ton of porting for the other half of the API.

The library is included in the installation file, but you must have BitVoicer installed anyway because the speech recognition is performed on the PC.

Does WINE work for Mac?