First of all I would like to thank everyone for the amazing work on this project, I discovered this voice assistant about a month ago and am rather impressed about how well it works when compared to the other commercial voice assistants. I am currently working on my first skill which I hope to publish within the next couple of weeks which will make it possible to use Apple’s Find My feature to ring a lost phone via Mycroft.
In the meantime I have a few questions and bits of feedback which I would like to provide you with. I am fully open to help to bring these ideas to life, so if someone would be willing to point me in the right direction I would be more that happy to try to get a pull request on the way.
1. When saying the wake word, I often find that I have to wait for the chime to play before giving my request
Is there any way that the initiation of the recording could be sped up? I find it rather unnatural to have to pause my sentence between the ‘Hey Mycroft’ and the beginning of my request. If I do not pause I find that the first word or two of my request is cut off.
2. How could multi-language Precise wake words be implemented
I am bilingual in two languages and would find it very practical to be able to speak in two different languages to Mycroft (Google Assistant has a similar functionality where you can add an extra language which it will listen for).
Do you think it would be feasible to run two instances of Precise in parallel on a Raspberry Pi to enable the detection of the wake word in two different languages? I suppose we would then have to detect the language used before passing the request. How do you think this could be accomplished?
3. How can conversation context be properly used in a skill
I saw this page in the docs which discusses exactly this, unfortunately none of the example requests such as “How tall is John Cleese?” and “Where’s he from?” work for my on my default installation. I see how this can be efficient at remembering elements of a request such as the name of the subject or the name of a town to enable a continuous conversation about the subject, but what about other forms of requests. Say I ask ‘What’s the weather like in London’, and then I ask ‘How about in New York’. I’m expecting Mycroft to give me the weather for New York, but how could I code this into my skill?
4. Is it possible to chain commands together
Imagine that I wanted to ask Mycroft to do two things at once. For instance ‘turn on the lights in the living room and set them to blue’, is this something which could easily be accomplished through Mycroft? This would be especially useful for controlling IoT devices, but it would be very practical to be able to generally ask Mycroft to do at least two things at once in one command.
Thanks for having stuck until the end!