Now we’re all looking to place a mycroft device in our living rooms to replace all those Echos and Homes, aren’t we ?
Mic + speaker need to be located in a central prominent place for sake of good acoustics, so the look/design is important, too. Nobody wants to place a visible RPi or similar there, and not everyone wants to use a Mark I.
It needs to be stylish enough to meet your (and your wife’s) needs, but it also needs to provide good audio. The mic is of particular importance for Mycroft speech recognition to work well, preferrably it’s even a mic array.
I think the best option would be to get a wireless mic/speaker combo like this one.
Does anyone have any experience with wireless mics in general on a RPi ? what about processing latency?
What’s the best technology, Bluetooth ? proprietary 2.4 GHz w/ a USB connector ? plain IP over WiFi ?
(btw, to use wireless audio I/O will also allow you to run Mycroft on a server with decent horsepower)
Any recommendations for a wireless mic/speaker combo ? The one above is two times the cost of an Echo.