Thanks to the “espeak” package, you can also use the RaspberryPi to read out texts – and even entire files.
How to do that and what you have to keep in mind is described in this article
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- 3 Requirements
- 4 Log in via SSH on the RaspberryPi
- 5 Update package management
- 6 Install the required package
- 7 Start the first voice output
- 8 Start voice output in German (or any other language)
- 9 Output current IP address
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Before you start with this article, you should have prepared the RaspberryPi so far that it can be reached via the network and controlled by SSH.
RaspberryPi – Setting up for Nerdiys!
RaspberryPi – The first configuration
RaspberryPi – Controlling the RaspberryPi via SSH
In the following list you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.
Log in via SSH on the RaspberryPi
To get started, you first need to log in to RasPi with SSH on Putty. How to do it is described in the article
Update package management
The package management in Linux is a "central point" over which various software packages can be installed. For this to work reliably, the lists and sources of package management should be updated before installing any new packages.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Install the required package
sudo apt-get install espeak
Start the first voice output
After the installation, you can start right away. If you have a loudspeaker connected just enter the following command to let the RaspberryPi speak the sentence “Hello Nerdiys, I’m a raspberry pi.”.
espeak "Hello Nerdiys, I'm a raspberry pi."
Start voice output in German (or any other language)
To execute the output in German, the parameter “-vde” must be added to the command. Here the “de” stands for German. At this point all other languages can be entered. A list of all available languages can be found at: http://espeak.sourceforge.net/languages.html
espeak -vde "Hallo Nerdiys, ich bin ein Raspberry Pi."
Output current IP address
In this way you can also output the response of executed commands. For example, to output your IP address, simply enter the following command.
espeak "IP Adress $(hostname -I)"
I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂
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