I am shopping for an AI solution for my home. Since I totally new to this and assuming others have more experience in this, I want to know what are the advantages of choosing Picroft over Amazon’s Echo Dot?
Cost wise, I think the Dot is a winner. At $50, it makes no sense why should I spend on Raspberry Pi 3, SD card, power supply, casing and a comparable mic that will end up more costly. On top of that, I have to go through the trouble of assembling everything, install the software and troubleshooting the picroft in oppose to plug and play on the Dot.
Skills wise, I think the Dot is also a winner. From the list, I can see thousands of skills are there to install with a click of a button. As for Mycroft, the only place I can find the list of skills is at https://github.com/MycroftAI/mycroft-skills
Hardware wise, the Dot wins hand down. It is available in black or white and I believe the mic is far superior than any USB mic in the market unless you go for those enterprise level speakerphone use for tel-conference which is also costly.
Dependency on third party wise, Amazon is definitely more reputable and stronger than any startups.
The only advantages I can think of for Mycroft are…
- Customization - I can change the wake word and the voice
- Availability - Unlike Echo which is only available officially in US, anyone can build Picroft at anywhere.
Please correct me if I am wrong. I am still sitting on the fence on this. Is it worth to DIY my own AI in long run? Let me know your opinion. Thanks.