Inspired by this thread:
I was wondering what mycroft can do better than the other voice assistants, and besides the camera, there is the microphone, which can be critical for data protection.
If I’m not mistaken, there is no voice assistant that can disconnect the microphone meachanically via voice command.
By mechanical separation, I mean the truly electrical separation of the microphones or possibly the voice chipset.
Separated with a button, similar to the Google Home mini:
The structure of the switch from google I find good. It does not light up, which is good at night, but thanks to the orange color you can tell when it is active and the microphone is turned off.
On the Mark II, this should be placed clearly visible.
What I am not sure, however, is whether there is a switch, which you can mechanically switch in only one direction. It would destroy the whole idea if the mycroft os is hacked and then with the appropriate inversion of the function the switch could be reversed.
Finally a scenario:
Peter has a private conversation with his wife. He says “hey mycroft disable the microphone”. Mycroft replies: “all right”. Peter hears the click of the mechanical switch. After the conversation with his wife, Peter wants to use his Mark II again. He goes to the device and turns the switch for the microphone back on.
I know I’m a dreamer, but when I recently thought about what makes the Mark II unique besides the OS, the only thing that came to mind was the housing and the PCB board you developed.
As a unique selling point compared to build it yourself with a Raspberry Pi, so far only the mechanical camera shutter, the PCB board developed by you and the housing are used. The mechanical microphone switch described above could be a good reason to purchase the complete Mark II package from you.
Greetings from Suisat