I’m considering buying a Mark I and have been reading the documentation and the forum but it’s a lot to process. Mainly I’m searching for an Alexa/Google Mini back-up. My internet cuts out regularly during construction season and my disabled husband has become very reliant on Alexa for music, tv, lights, air conditioner, etc. Some of them have physical remotes as backup but they are difficult for him to use.
I see from another thread that using a personal server might be possible but can the Mycroft Mark I recognize any kind of basic commands without cloud access? (By that I mean, a Mycroft set up to use the internet but with a small set of default voice commands when it isn’t available. Or is it an either or situation, where it’s either local or cloud?) If it could play music or control a wifi switch that would be incredibly useful. Another option could be a mobile hotspot - can the Mycroft switch to one as an alternative if normal internet access is not available? (Or does everything needs to be on the same network?)
If it can, then I suppose there are more questions about the best way to access local mp3/mp4 files. I’m open to buying new devices, though I do have a couple of older laptops that could be repurposed with a Linux install if that would be quicker to get up and running.
ETA: the Mark I has HDMI and usb ports - could I put music or videos on a flash drive and hook it up to the television?