You can also use the Raspberry Pi with the “espeak” package to read texts – and even entire files – to you.
How to do that and what you have to consider is described in this article
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Before you start with this article you should have prepared the RaspberryPi so that it is accessible via the network and controllable via SSH.
The following three articles describe what needs to be done to prepare the RaspberryPi:
RaspberryPi – setup for nerdiys!
RaspberryPi – The first configuration!
RaspberryPi – Control the RaspberryPi via SSH
In the following list you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.
Log in to the RaspberryPi via SSH
To start, you must first log in to the Rasp Pi with Putty via SSH. How to do this is in the article RaspberryPi - Control the RaspberryPi via SSH described.
Update package management
The package management in Linux is a "central place" through which various software packages can be installed. In order for this to work reliably, the lists and sources of the package management should be updated before each installation of new packages.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Install required package
sudo apt-get install espeak
Start the first voice output
After the installation you can start right away. If you have connected a speaker, you must now enter the following command to activate the set “Hello Nerdiys, I’m a raspberry pi.” to spend.
espeak "Hello Nerdiys, I'm a raspberry pi."
Start voice output in German
To output in German, the parameter “-vde” must be added to the command. The “de” stands for German. All other languages can also be entered here. You can find a list of all available languages at: http://espeak.sourceforge.net/languages.html
espeak -vde "Hi Nerdiys, I'm a Raspberry Pi."
Convert German terms into Denglish terms
Unfortunately, espeak does not automatically recognize whether it should pronounce words in German or English. In the sentence “Hello Nerdiys, I am a Raspberry Pi.” For example, “Pi” is pronounced in a very German way. Here you can use a trick: simply change “Pi” to “Pei” and the output sounds much better.
espeak -vde "Hello Nerdiys, I am a Raspberry Pei."
Output current IP address
This way you can also output the output of commands. For example, to output your IP address, simply enter the following command.
espeak "IP Address $(hostname -I)"
Have fun with the project
I hope everything worked as described for you. If not or you have questions or suggestions please let me know in the comments. I will then add this to the article if necessary.
Ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂
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