With voice, you can simplify almost any imaginable task and add a new way of interacting with the world. It’s intuitive, hands-free, eyes-free, and accessible.
Home automation provides a wide-open landscape for makers and developers. You own the interaction and can develop anything you desire – from voice commands based on daily habits around the home, to inspiring a homeowner to save energy by sharing usage data, or even creating a voice-first quiz for game night where players answer questions about their favorite topic. Whether you are new to voice interface development or an experienced maker – we’ll provide you with the resources and tools to hit a home run!
Use Snips and Seeed to bring to life the hardware you love in your home while keeping your voice private. Set timers, turn on the lights, or start your day with your favorite song. From making a cup of coffee to checking the weather, show us how you bring your connected objects to life with voice.
We encourage you to develop a smart home voice experience using the new Voice Interaction Development Kits, two (2) kits that help you prototype your ideas around voice-controlled IoT. Connect all your favorite devices through this smart hub for your home. The portable, modular design helps you run your household more efficiently.
Both the Base Kit and the Satellite Kit feature Raspberry Pis, Seeed mic arrays, and Grove sensors. Using the Snips Airnet, a local WLAN connection for your home, each Satellite Kit relays commands seamlessly to the Base Kit to unlock multi-room voice control without requiring endless apps, routers, or compatible products!
Up-level your voice interaction experience by integrating Seeed hardware add-ons like infrared and light sensors into your dev board or satellite to make it more interactive. You can also enhance your voice project with multi-turn dialogue for a more conversational relationship.
NOTE: you are not required to use the Voice Interaction Development Kits to participate in this contest. The only required hardware to participate is a Raspberry Pi Model 3 B+ (and Raspberry Pi Zero W if you intend to incorporate a Satellite). Feel free to choose your own mic array and sensors or add-ons.
This contest features the Snips AI Voice Platform - the software behind the first decentralized, private-by-design voice assistant. The entire Snips AI Voice Platform runs on the edge - instead of centralizing user data and processing it in the cloud, Snips processes the user’s voice directly on-device. The full Snips AI Voice Platform is available for free to every contest participant and anyone who wants to tinker with the technology for non-commercial use.
NOTE: You must create a user account in order to participate in this contest and customize your voice app. Your account does not require any personally identifiable information, and you can utilize any email and username you wish--we take privacy seriously!
With an amazing community of over 20,000 developers (and growing) who are using Snips in new ways every day, you can help voice interfaces become more prevalent with your energy, feedback, and ambitious ideas to bring AI and voice to the edge.
No board? No problem!
We’re giving away 20 Snips Voice Interaction Development Kits (your choice of the Base Kit or Satellite Kit) to the best ideas submitted on or before February 20th, 2019. Click over to the Apply for Hardware tab to fill out an application.
Don't worry if you miss the deadline! You can buy your own Voice Interaction Kit here ($85-115 USD).
We are giving away thousands of dollars in prizes to the top three projects using themes listed below. Be sure to indicate your chosen theme when submitting your project. Check out the judging criteria in the Rules tab to see how you'll be judged.
Create a project that redefines your relationship with a room in your house, with room-specific automations like waking up with your smart kitchen (lights, window shades, coffee machine, morning news).
Keep your house secure with technology that anticipates threats and adapts to your routines.
Lights & Shades
Prepare your home for winters and summers with lights, shades, heating, and cooling that anticipates the outside temperature and adapts to optimize comfort.
Redefine the relationship in the home with robots that are cued by voice to help with cleaning, learning, homework, or anything else you can imagine.
Entertainment & Games
Make game night or staying in the new going out with voice-control integrations that turn your home into a fun house.
An all-expense-paid trip to Maker Faire Paris, New York, or Shenzhen (flight, hotel and event admission) AND a one-on-one mentorship session with Snips CEO Dr. Rand Hindi.
Hackster Impact Prize
Join Hackster as we rally with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to make today's world a smarter, healthier place. The Hackster team will select one project that best contributes to any of the SDGs. Please refer to the specific judging criteria for this prize category.
Win a $250 gift card. In addition, you will be featured in a video interview with Hackster’s one and only Alex Glow.
Rand Hindi: Snips CEO and Founder
Valentin fg: Snips Product Manager
Seth Welday: Seeed Product Manager
- Voice Interaction Kits Page
- Voice Interaction Base Kit Product Page
- Snips Hackster Page
- Snips Makers Page
- Seeed Studio Hackster Page
- Snips Community Forum
- Snips Documentation
- Voice Kit Assembly Video
- Talk to your TV and lose that remote for good
- Karaoke for game night at home
- Your home barista comes to life
How can this technology transform your home? Here are a few avenues you might explore:
- Real time data capture and analysis on the edge- e.g. door camera for motion/sound capture
- Deep learning and AI tools for user preferences- e.g. favorite coffee, music playlist, or TV channel
- Voice applications for common household tasks like closing windows and turning on/off lights
Snips is on a mission to make technology disappear by putting an AI in every device while preserving privacy. Created in 2013 as a research lab in Artificial Intelligence, the Snips AI Voice Platform works locally and offline, without requiring an internet connection. By default Snips does not collect any user data, rejecting industry-wide practices and making the Snips AI Voice Platform the first Private by Design alternative to traditional voice assistants. With offices in Paris, France and New York, New York, Snips is a powerful alternative to cloud-based voice technology.
Seeed Studio is on a mission to be the most integrated platform for global creative technologists to turn ideas into products, by providing open technology and agile manufacturing from Shenzhen, the hardware capital of the world. Seeed is the IoT hardware enabler providing services that empower makers to realize their projects and products. By partnering with technology providers, Seeed offers a wide array of hardware platforms and sensor modules ready to be integrated with existing IoT platforms. With Shenzhen’s extensive and flexible supply chain, Seeed also offers customization ranging from a single unit to over 10,000 units. Seeed serves the global market from its headquarter in Shenzhen, China, with branch offices in the US and Japan.
Gain reputation points!
Earn reputation points for participating in this contest:
- Submit an application to receive a free device: 5 points
- Your submitted hardware application wins: 50 points
- Submit a project entry: 10 points
- Submit a project entry 30 days before the deadline: 50 points
- Be among the first 10 to submit a project entry: 50 points
- Your submitted project entry wins the contest: 250 points
January 24, 2019 at 9:00AM PT
Applications for hardware close
February 20, 2019 at 11:59PM PT
Hardware recipients announced
February 28, 2019 at 11:00AM PT
April 24, 2019 at 11:59PM PT
Winners announced by
May, 3 2019