Upcoming MIDAS Courses: November, 2018

MIDAS September 2018 courses

Whether you’re new to the Maker Movement or an old hand, MIDAS is here to bring your new innovation or that great idea you’ve been nurturing off the ground!

If you’re in need of prototyping, 3D printing and fabrication, the variety of equipment at MIDAS is geared specifically to offer you state-of-the-art resources to create exactly what you need.

Maybe you’ve already got a start using our fabrication equipment and are wanting to take it to the next level?  We’ve got you covered there, too!  Advanced certification courses are also available.

Check out our November calendar of courses and training… From 3D printing to CNC machining to laser printing and more, we’re sure there’s a course to fit exactly what you’re looking for as you consider your next DIY/maker project.

This isn’t all, of course!  Be sure to review the full calendar of all upcoming workshops and courses here at MIDAS.

Trotec 120Watt Laser Cutter courses at MIDAS

Trotec 120 Watt Laser Cutter

The Speedy is the ideal laser engraving machine – no matter if you are starting your own business or want to speed up current production, laser engraving wood, plastic, acrylic, fabrics and many other materials, has never been more efficient. This CO2 laser engraver has the highest quality components which ensure minimal maintenance requirements.
Register NOW!

 

Shopbot CNC (Desktop & Alpha) Course at MIDAS

Shopbot CNC (Desktop & Alpha)

Training on BOTH the Desktop and Alpha Shopbot CNC included.  The ShopBot Desktop has a bed size of 24″ x 18″ and a 1HP motor.  This ShopBot Alpha is a full-size CNC with a 48″x96″ table with a 4HP motor.  Both machines are run by the same programming software and have full capability to mill 2d and 3d prototypes.
With enough production capability for a three-shift factory, ShopBot PRSalpha tools are tough and sophisticated, gantry-based CNC routers using advanced technology for CNC cutting, drilling, carving and machining.  Tooling and use make this pair of CNCs perfect for soft-material CNC cutting at any size.
Register NOW!

3D Printing Made With TinkerCad_2

3D Design & Printing with TinkerCad

This course will give starting tools and tips in 3D Design with TinkerCad from Autodesk, a powerful but intuitive to learn design program. Also, how to 3D Print these designs is instructed in this dual class!
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The MarkForged Mark Two course at MIDAS

MarkForged 3D Printer

This is a certification course.

The Mark Two is an industrial strength 3D printer here at the MIDAS Lab and using continuous fiber inlays together with high-performance nylons, it creates parts that can compete with metal!

You can learn more about the Markforged HERE.

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Tormach Metal CNC Mill courses

Tormach Metal CNC Mill

The ultimate in 3-axis metal CNC technology. Designed for aluminum, light metals and composite plastics – this machine packs horsepower. This machine is not for beginners – only experienced CNC operators can be certified, but anyone can take the course.
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Not what you’re looking for?  Take a look at our full calendar of upcoming workshops and courses.

Ultimate DIY Halloween Costume: Rolloween Project

DIYers create one-of-a-kind Halloween costume for 10-year-old in a wheelchair

Rolloween: Inspiring Montreal makers step up to create the ultimate Halloween costume making one boy happier than ever to trick or treat!

The Maker Movement embraces just about any challenge and looks for the best DIY way to shake things up and overcome it. In this case, a group of eager makers stepped in to produce Chad, an exciting, remarkably real not to mention practical Halloween costume solution for young Émile.

Unlike years past when Émile, born with a disability that requires him to use a wheelchair, has found Halloween to be a particularly challenging celebration, thanks to a group of Montréal makers this year he will have THE ultimate in Halloween costumes for himself as well as his wheelchair.

Having pulled together imagination, creativity, serious maker skills, as well as generosity and commitment, this group of makers created a dragon in his castle, or, simply, Chad.

Beyond Magic: A Dragon Comes to Life

Halloween costumes are not designed for children to wear sitting down and for those people requiring an assisted mobility device, getting around towns and cities is not easy even at the best of times, let alone at night, dressed in costume.


Inspired to create a fun, festive, and practical costume for Émile, the maker group collected all the necessary materials to create Chad: polystyrene for the castle to surround the wheelchair, thermoplastic to form the dragon head, silk and green polylactic acid (PLA) filament to 3D print the dragon scales, an umbrella to build the wings, foam to build parts of the costume and a set of Hallowing — programmable eyes for the dragon.

Coming together every two weeks in the months ahead of October 31st, the group spent their weekends hard at work in the garage of a member of Duct Tapers Anonymous. Other meetings took place at Milieux Make — the Milieux Institute for Arts Culture and Technology makerspace.

As the costume came together, Émile visited the garage for fittings.

This Halloween, thanks to the ingenuity and skills of this dedicaged groupe of people, Émile will BE Chad the Dragon. He will also show off the amazing creation during the Montréal Maker Faire, produced by Concordia University on Nov. 16-17.

Rolloween Project

Magic Wheelchair is a non-profit organization “that builds epic costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs — at no cost to families.” The organization started with Ryan Weimer whose son was born with spinal muscular dystrophy. When his son wanted to be a pirate for Halloween, Ryan decided to turn his wheelchair into a pirate ship.

Following the inspiration of Magic Wheelchair, Concordia University’s Education Makers and Montréal’s Duct Tapers Anonymous decided to get together to build a wheelchair Halloween costume. Education Makers had experimented with 3D printing dragon scales on fabric and with thermoplastic. Duct Tapers Anonymous offered up a wealth of know-how ranging from handymen, engineers, sculptors and seamstresses.

This project is exactly what Maker Culture is all about – seeing a challenge and turning it on its head! Disrupting how things might conventionally be done. The Rolloween project is a perfect example.

A boy who simply wanted to be a dragon for Halloween helped spur much-needed change in Halloween costume design, encouraging inclusiveness and respect for differences in the tradition of Halloween.

Fun Friday! Selkirk College GLOWS RoboGames 2019

RoboGames GLOWS Selkirk College 2018

It is NEVER too early to start planning your project and strategy for RoboGames!

This is a robot competition like no other. It’s also a tremendous opportunity for learning and exploring technology – electronics and robotics.

Through experimentation and mentoring, West Kootenay/Boundary youth will learn how to design, build and program robots that they will enter into RoboGames, a fun and free-spirited event full of prizes.

Everyone is welcome to attend! RoboGames will take place Saturday, April 27th at the Tenth Street Campus in the Mary Hall Building.

Imagination meets Technology

Open to all West Kootenay/Boundary youth ages 6 to 18, RoboGames requires only imagination, creativity, and a sense of exploration and fun – no experience necessary!

Youth in teams of one to two people will be supported with six to eight weeks of robotics programming and circuit training culminating with a competition.

For more information head over to Selkirk College GLOWS!

For a little inspiration, here’s what went down at last year’s competition:

SMARTS Program: Selkirk SME Applied Research and Technology Solutions

SME Applied Research & Technology Solutions (SMARTS) Program

The SMARTS Program: Connecting small- and medium-sized businesses with research expertise in the fields of geospatial technology and digital fabrication. 

It’s those companies that invite innovation and embrace technology that are leading today’s competitive economy.

Selkirk College, a hidden academic gem here in the West Kootenay steps in to help, offering specific and much-needed applied research support to help businesses develop new or improved products and services.

The SMARTS program builds on the Adopting Digital Technologies program, a success story featured by the National Research Council, which provided small- and medium-sized businesses with direct support, technical training, and advisory services aimed at increasing productivity through the use of digital technologies.

Support for Development of Products and Services

The SMARTS program aims to engage in research that results in the development of innovative products or services, expanding the offerings, that local businesses can bring to market.

Businesses may be eligible for the SMARTS program if they:

  • Have less than 500 employees
  • Are growth-oriented
  • Are located in Canada

Selkirk College knows that research and development partnerships that involve marketable products or services require strict confidentiality. Businesses can rest assured that the College maintains confidentiality protocols to protect the interests of both the business and the College. Selkirk College also understands the need to complete work in ‘business time’ and will work with business to move the idea to action efficiently and effectively.

Do you have a project idea that you want to explore with the SMARTS team? Want to discuss your expertise and funding needs? Find out more!

A Sample of R&D Services

Geospatial Technologies

WEB MAPPING
– Developing custom mapping platforms for data sharing and communications

3D VISUALIZATIONS
– Generating static and dynamic visualisations of 3D geospatial data – Developing augmented reality and virtual reality applications

REMOTE SENSING
– Collecting data via UAV
– Testing sensors
– Analysing remotely sensed data from UAV or satellite – Developing workflows and algorithms

SPATIAL MODELING
– Modeling landscape impacts of environmental change

APP DEVELOPMENT AND CUSTOMIZATION
– Building customized mobile tools for geospatial data collection and sharing – Researching and testing technology options

Digital Fabrication

RAPID PROTOTYPING
– Producing prototypes
– Researching and testing prototype designs and materials

3D MODELING
– Scanning 3D objects for reproduction
– Generating 3D models for analysis and production

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROCESS OPTIMIZATION
– Building custom digital fabrication equipment
– Improving productivity with new workflows and equipment configurations

Funding Available for a Limited Time

The SMARTS program runs until March 2019 and is supported by the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). As a result of this support, funding is available to cover the majority of the research costs associated with approved projects. The company also contributes a portion of project expenses.

Do you have a project idea that you want to explore with the SMARTS team? Want to discuss your expertise and funding needs? Find out more!

Fun Friday! Halloween Maker Edition

MIDAS fab lab Fun Friday Halloween Edition

Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, plenty of time to create some pretty nifty, interactive, and spooky decorations that will have your friends and family jumping!

Of all the holidays, Halloween is perhaps the most fun for makers – a true makers holiday, really! So, to inspire the spooky, creepy maker in you take a look at the following fun ideas, making creative and scary use of Arduino and Raspberry PI to get the juices flowing:

Raspberry Pi and projectors make this house sing the Monster Mash

Raspberry Pi Monster Mash Halloween House

This is something of the ultimate in Halloween decorating – bringing the entire house to life to sing a fun, Halloween classic.

Through the use of Raspberry Pi and a few projectors, Twitter user @Firr was able to create this fun and impressive Halloween project using two Raspberry Pis, three projectors, some speakers, and “a mess of HDMI cables”.

One Pi handles the eyes using an HDMI splitter to project the same video of moving eyes onto a pair of windows.

The second Pi does the mouth which is a custom animation created in After Effects. This also handles the audio which is output to some party speakers playing the classic song:

For the mouth the video looper project from Adafruit was used as a base. The eyes were also adapted from an Adafruit guide, this time written by Phillip Burgess.

We’ve actually featured Burgess recently for another Halloween decoration with projected eyes, this time using spherical projectors.

While the eyes can move on their own, a joystick can be added for direct control. Firr created a switch that goes between autonomous animation and direct control.

via Gfycat

Haunted Jack-in-the-Box – Raspberry Pi

This project uses a Raspberry Pi and face detection using the Pi camera to determine when someone is looking at it. This look like a great way to scare your friends! You can make your own – learn more about it HERE.

Magic Scare Mirror

Another great project to scare the pants of your visitors. It wouldn’t be Halloween without the evil spirits – make your own!

via Gfycat

Talking Skull – Arduino

This is a classic, and another great one for eliciting jump scares! Perfect for setting the perfect Halloween ambiance to your home. Make it yourself!

#madeatMIDAS: i4C Innovation & Blockchain

MadeatMIDAS i4C Innovation blockchain

Gustavo Nobrega and Alvaro Aragon of i4C Innovation.

Local innovation hub, i4C Innovation, looking to MIDAS for affordable and rapid prototyping to develop ideas and disruptive innovations.

Earlier this fall, the team of i4C, specifically Gustavo Nobrega and Alvaro Aragon, initiated a map to present the concept of the distributed network, or blockchain, amongst operations for regional resource industry giant Teck.

When considering ways to best illustrate simply the international network of Teck operations and the foundational concept of blockchain: no one point of failure; where even if one point of operations goes offline, the data is still being safely and securely collected by the remaining points of the network.

MadeatMIDAS i4C Innovation blockchainEmploying all the benefits of their Commercial Membership, i4C integrated a variety of MIDAS resources, including the expertise of the Fab Lab team and the equipment available to explore the options, creating several iterations to come up with their final product: an interactive, exploratory, map.

3D printing and laser cutting machines, as well as the corresponding design software, laid the foundation for completion of the project.

For those unaware, blockchain is the brainchild of Satoshi Nakamoto, whose true identity is still unknown. In 2008 he released the whitepaper Bitcoin: A Peer to Peer Electronic Cash System introducing us to a “purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash” known as Bitcoin, providing blockchain technology with its public debut.

Blockchain, the technology that runs Bitcoin, has developed over the last decade into one of today’s biggest ground-breaking technologies with the potential to impact every industry from financial to manufacturing to educational institutions.

Gustavo Nobrega of Levare Research and i4C are jumping into the blockchain game, embracing this still very new, emerging sector and positioning themselves as players in a field that is sure to provide increasing opportunities regionally and across sectors, particularly when it comes to data.

Nobrega began with a simple 3D Printing course to produce the first of what would be four versions of the presentation project. Enthusiastic about the experience at MIDAS, one that provided him with the utmost in knowledge and expertise, he is on track to use the membership for several more projects.

 

MIDAS – Leading the Regional Maker Community

MIDAS Fab Lab is an integral leader in the Maker culture and community in the region: industry, startups, creatives, students – everyone welcome!

#madeatMIDAS MIDAS Fab Lab

If you’re looking for inspiration with regards to your existing business, the innovative idea you’ve been nurturing, or simply about the future of technology and innovation in the region and beyond, spend a couple of hours here in the MIDAS Fab Lab.

Step inside the doors and you’ll be welcomed by our exceptional team, either exuberant Fab Lab Director – “Mr. Technology” – and innovative entrepreneur in his own right, Brad Pommen or the more reserved but no less enthusiastic or inspiring MIDAS Lab Assistant, Shawn Curran, or both.

State-of-the-art Inspiration, Learning, Fabrication

MIDAS Fab Lab

The MIDAS (Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration Studies) Fabrication Lab is a multimillion-dollar technology hub offering our members the education, training, and skills required to operate advanced fabrication and manufacturing equipment such as 3D scanners and printers, laser cutters and CNC milling equipment.

The resources at MIDAS – skilled and knowledgeable team, courses, half a million dollars in state-of-the-art equipment – are available to aspiring and advanced learners and makers of all levels of expertise.

Every day creative innovators throughout the region explore the range of rapid prototyping and fabrication possibilities at MIDAS to advance their own aspirations and goals to expand their business and develop new products and services. Without MIDAS Fab Lab the limitations of developing new innovations and products could be so labour, time, and costs prohibitive as to stop an idea in its tracks.

Turning Ideas into Gold! Take Advantage of our Range of Exceptional Courses & Training to help Bring your Idea to Life!

MIDAS equipment is most often used for rapid prototyping and training in additive manufacturing, building 3D objects by adding layer upon layer of material, such as plastic, metal, wood, and even concrete. 

Our users are able to quickly create a 3D model of an item (using a remarkable 3D scanning device) to create, in some cases, industrial grade prototypes – mechanical parts, for instance – using 3D computer-aided design and a 3D printer.

It doesn’t end with 3D printing, however. Electronics, circuit construction, CNC machines, moulding, casting, metalwork and woodwork are also available.

Since the inception of our MIT-certified Fabrication Lab in the fall of 2016, over 1,000 people from all walks of life, from laymen to startups to industry, have been introduced to not only the potential of MIDAS but their own as well.

Curious and want to learn more? We host weekly tours Thursdays from 6-7pm. Join us!

#LearnCreateLaunch #madeatMIDAS #makersgonnamake

Fun Friday! Spider Lovers: Arduino Lego Arachnid

Arduino Lego Spider project

Have fun with this Lego arachnid controlled with your smartphone!

Whether you like spiders or not, this easy project is a ton of fun, bringing your Lego spider project – or any Lego project, really – to life.

This project is also rather timely as, now with the school year back in full swing and thoughts of RoboGames and Science Fair start to percolate, it provides a little maker inspiration in plenty of time.

Just beware, with this project you will have to glue your Lego bricks together as the spider, or probably anything you decide to make, will NOT move gently, and without glue will fall apart within only a few feet of walking!

Technical components you’ll need:

Arduino Nano R3

Dual H-Bridge motor drivers L298

2 x DC motor (generic)

4 x C.H.I.P Approved 3.7 V LiPo Battery (a 4S LiPo battery)

If you’d like the full design and operational schematics to this cool Arduino creature head on over HERE for complete details.

If you decide to take on this project, or any of our other Fun Friday! inspiration, please let us know and we’ll feature your creation!

Upcoming MIDAS Courses: October, 2018

MIDAS September 2018 courses

Still thinking about how you can get that great idea off the ground? MIDAS is here to help!

If you’re in need of prototyping, 3D printing and fabrication, the variety of equipment at MIDAS is geared specifically to offer you state-of-the-art resources to create exactly what you need.

Maybe you’ve already got a start using our fabrication equipment and are wanting to take it to the next level?  We’ve got you covered there, too!  Advanced certification courses are also available.

Check out our October calendar of courses and training… It’s all about 3D printing and we’re sure there’s a course to fit exactly what you’re looking for as you consider your next DIY/maker project.

This isn’t all, of course!  Be sure to review the full calendar of all upcoming workshops and courses here at MIDAS.

Trotec 120Watt Laser Cutter courses at MIDASTrotec 120 Watt Laser Cutter

The Speedy is the ideal laser engraving machine – no matter if you are starting your own business or want to speed up current production, laser engraving wood, plastic, acrylic, fabrics and many other materials, has never been more efficient. This CO2 laser engraver has the highest quality components which ensure minimal maintenance requirements.
Register NOW!

 

 

Shopbot CNC (Desktop & Alpha) Course at MIDAS

Shopbot CNC (Desktop & Alpha)

Training on BOTH the Desktop and Alpha Shopbot CNC included.  The ShopBot Desktop has a bed size of 24″ x 18″ and a 1HP motor.  This ShopBot Alpha is a full-size CNC with a 48″x96″ table with a 4HP motor.  Both machines are run by the same programming software and have full capability to mill 2d and 3d prototypes.
With enough production capability for a three-shift factory, ShopBot PRSalpha tools are tough and sophisticated, gantry-based CNC routers using advanced technology for CNC cutting, drilling, carving and machining.  Tooling and use make this pair of CNCs perfect for soft-material CNC cutting at any size.
Register NOW!

MIDAS courses & training: Creaform 700 3D Handyscan Scanner

Creaform 700 3D Handyscan Scanner

The Handyscan is AMAZING but don’t take our word for it. Come and see for yourself! This session will demonstrate the handyscan on a number of objects: how to place tags, basic scanning, set up of a receiving software and review of captured online files. (CAD and others on demand).

This course DOES NOT cover the manipulation of captured images or printing but is intended to allow members to scan and understand the potential of this device.

Recommended for engineers, architects, manufacturers, machinists, makers and hobbyists alike.
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ULTIMAKER 2 3D printerUltimaker 2 3D Printer

The Ultimaker 2 3D printer is easy and reliable, designed for the best experience in 3D printing.

Engineered to perform, this 3D digital printing workhorse is reliable, efficient, and user-friendly and particularly useful for artists, engineers, makers and innovators looking for fast, high quality prints in just about any size or material.

You can learn more and see a few recent projects HERE.

Register NOW!

 

Not what you’re looking for?  Take a look at our full calendar of upcoming workshops and courses.

Fun Friday! DIY Own Amazon Echo with Raspberry Pi

Build Your Own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi

The Simplest Way to Build A Raspberry Pi-Powered Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo can be a great device to have in your home. Upon voice command, it is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information. It can also control several smart devices acting as a home automation hub; controlling the temperature of your home, for instance.

However, much like all of our other fun and convenient little gadgets, it comes at a price. Ranging from $50 to $150, it can be something of an expensive convenience, particularly if you’re not quite sold on its value.

If you’ve any Maker proclivities, though, and you’d like to see if there’s a DIY alternative, here’s your answer: through the wonders of the Raspberry Pi, here’s how you can create your own, fully-functional Amazon Echo.

A brand of smart speaker developed by the innovative folks at Amazon, the Amazon Echo (or simply Echo) connects to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa.

Remarkably, this DIY Echo works just like the real device, activated simply by saying the wake word “Alexa”.

While other DIY versions make use of Amazon’s official resources, this project utilizes a GitHub project called Alexa Pi. This installs the identical Alexa voice service that Amazon uses onto your Raspberry Pi.

What you’ll need for your DIY Alexa:

A Raspberry Pi is at the top of the list and here are the rest of the components required:

  • A Raspberry Pi 3 (recommended), Raspberry Pi Zero W, or Raspberry Pi 2 (you’ll also need a USB Wi-FI adapter with the Model 2) with Raspbian installed and Wi-Fi set up. If you haven’t installed Raspbian before, our guide covers everything you need to know. While I’m going to concentrate on installing this on the Raspberry Pi, a number of other devices are supported. You can find a whole list here. I ran the installation on a C.H.I.P. as well just out of curiosity and it worked fine.
  • A MicroUSB power cable.
  • An 8GB MicroSD card.
  • A USB Microphone (I used this cheap $6 mic, but pretty much any USB mic seems to work. The $8 Playstation Eye seems to work especially well if you’re looking for a slight upgrade) If you’re using the Raspberry Pi Zero W you’ll also need a MicroUSB-USB adapter.
  • Speakers (any powered speaker does the job, I decided to use a UE Mini Boom because I already owned it and even when it’s plugged into the Pi, it still works as a Bluetooth speaker).
  • A Keyboard and Mouse for setup (or use SSH, Adafruit’s Pi Finder makes this project much easier to do from your main computer because you can copy/paste the longer commands).

Step One: Register for a Free Amazon Developer Account

Step One: Register for a Free Amazon Developer Account

First up, before you start assembling anything, you’ll need to register for a free Amazon Developer Account, and create a profile for your DIY Echo.

  1. Log into your Amazon Developer Account.
  2. Click on the Alexa Tab.
  3. Click Register a Product Type > Device.
  4. Name your device type and display name (I arbitrarily chose “Pi2” for both, though you can enter pretty much whatever you want here), then click Next.
  5. On the Security Profile screen, click “Create new profile.”
  6. Under the General tab, next to “Security Profile Name” name your profile. Do the same for the description. Click Next.
  7. Make a note of the Product ID, Client ID, and Client Secret that the site generates for you.
  8. Click the Web Settings tab, then click the Edit button next to the profile dropdown.
  9. Next to Allowed Origins, click, “Add Another” and type in: http://localhost:5050.
  10. Click “Add Another,” then type in http://your.raspberrypi.ip.address:5050 but replace with your.raspberrypi.ip.address with your Raspberry Pi’s IP address. You can find your Pi’s IP address using the Pi Finder tool detailed here.
  11. Next to Allowed Return URLs, click “Add Another” and type in: http://localhost:5050/code
  12. Click “Add Another” and add in http://your.raspberrypi.ip.address:5050/code once again replacing your.raspberrypi.ip.address with your own info. Click Next when you’re done.
  13. The Device Details tab is next. It doesn’t matter much what you enter here. Pick a category, write a description, pick an expected timeline, and enter a 0 on the form next to how many devices you plan on using this on. Click Next.
  14. Finally, you can choose to add in Amazon Music here. This does not work on the Pi powered device, so leave it checked as “No.” Click Save.

Now you have an Amazon Developer Account and you’ve created a profile for your Pi-powered Echo. It’s time to head over to the Raspberry Pi and get Alexa working.

Step Two: Install Git and AlexaPi

Step Two: Install Git and AlexaPi

Next you’ll need to fire up Terminal on your Raspberry Pi because everything happens in the command line. Before you start the installation you need to update and install a couple things:

  1. Type in sudo apt-get install update and press Enter to make sure your version of Raspbian is up to date. Let it do its thing here.
  2. Type insudo apt-get install git and press Enter to install Git. Again, let it do its thing.
  3. Type in cd /opt and press Enter to change the directory.
  4. Finally, type in sudo git clone https://github.com/alexa-pi/AlexaPi.git and press Enter to clone the AlexaPi GitHub repository. Again, give it a second to download and do its thing.

That’s it for the downloading portion, onward to actually installing it.

Step Three: Run the AlexaPi Installation Script

Step Three: Run the AlexaPi Installation Script

Next, you’ll run an installation script. This automates the installation of everything else you need to get your Echo up and running.

  1. Type in sudo ./AlexaPi/src/scripts/setup.sh and press Enter.
  2. You’ll be asked a series of questions. If you’re using the Raspberry Pi, just press Enter for both the operating system and device prompts. The last question asks if you want to add AirPlay support. If you have an iOS device, this makes it so you can easily stream music from your iPhone to your DIY Echo over Airplay. The script will then download a bunch of software for the next 5-10 minutes, so go ahead and relax for a bit.
  3. Eventually, you’ll be asked to enter in your Amazon developer information. Type in the Device Type ID and Security Profile Description you made way back in step one (we used AlexaPi). Next, you’ll need to enter in all those long, complicated numbers for your Profile ID, Client ID, Client Secret.
  4. Finally, the last thing you need to do is authorize your device. You only need to do this once. Head back to your main computer and open up a web browser. Than type in http://your.raspberrypi.ip.address:5050replacing your.raspberryi.ip.address with your Raspberry Pi’s IP address from earlier. You’ll then need to log into your Amazon account. After that, you’ll see an authorization token.

That’s it, the Alexa voice service is now installed on your Raspberry Pi. You just need to start the service. You can either just reboot your device completely, or type in sudo systemctl start AlexaPi.service and press Enter to start it.

Go ahead and try it, say “Alexa” into the mic, and it should reply back with a “Yes?”

If it’s not working, you can type in sudo systemctl status AlexaPi.service and press Enter to check the status.

Alexa will start up automatically when you reboot your device or if the power goes out for some reason, so you shouldn’t ever have to think about it again.

Thanks to LifeHacker for the resources for this project!

Here’s a fun little video fo the Alexa Pi or PiLexa in action: