Mycroft on AIY Voice kit


Anyone who has mycroft running on a AIY Voice kit ? this little box seems perfect for mycroft, and I just assempled one and flashed it whith picroft.
Mycroft seems to work, but missing configuration og voicehat etc.

So if someone has done this I would be happy so I dont has to figure everything out myself :wink:


@steve.penrod @J_Montgomery_Mycroft


Did you ever get that one up and running that I got for you?



I’m embarrassed to say that I never did ( though Steve has a fully assembled unit ). I didn’t have soldering setup here in Palo Alto so I never got around to it.

I do have it and plan to get to it at some point. Maybe I’ll find some time over Christmas.


Yup got it working.

Also made an attempt on porting some of the python code of the led and button:
Some code that seems to be working:



I just got Mycroft up and running on the Google AIY Voice Kit as well.

It’s much easier to install Mycroft on the Google Voice Kit image rather than fiddle with the Voice HAT drivers in picroft. For reference, here is the procedure I used after flashing the Google Voice Kit image and booting it up:

sudo apt-get update

Install Mycroft for Linux –

cd ~/
git clone
cd mycroft-core

Start the PulseAudio daemon (might need to reboot after doing this the first time) –

pulseaudio -D

Start Mycroft –

cd ~/mycroft-core
./ debug

Obviously you’ll want to have a bash script to run PulseAudio and Mycroft at system startup if you plan on having your Voice Kit be a standalone Mycroft box.

If anyone is ambitious enough to try to get the Voice HAT drivers working on picroft, here are some steps I took before I gave up and did it the other way around:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Get drivers from the raspberry pi kernel –

sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-kernel

Clone the Google AIY Voice project and use it to configure the Voice HAT driver –

cd ~/
git clone voice-recognizer-raspi
cd ~/voice-recognizer-raspi
sudo scripts/
sudo scripts/
sudo reboot

** Not sure if this is necessary **

cd ~/voice-recognizer-raspi
sudo scripts/
sudo scripts/

List PulseAudio sources –

pacmd list-sources

Set the default source to whichever one is the microphone (index 1 for me) –

pacmd set-default-source 1

At this point Mycroft was able to output TTS through the speaker using the “speak” command, e.g. “speak hi”. He could also process speech through the mic, and his responses to my commands were output to the debug screen. However, his responses were not output to the speaker for whatever reason. It’s probably just a configuration file that needs fixing, but I wasn’t able to figure it out.


That would create a virtualenv on the pi, right?
I’m not sure if I want that. It seemed to give me more speech lag on my ubuntu tests on the mycroft,

There is much more info on how to fix those speech problems you had installing on mycroft image in another thread: PiCroft issue with pairing


Yes, the virtualenv is all I was able to get working. Thanks for pointing me to the other thread!

It looks like you are all much farther along, and I appreciate the help.