Tag Archives: 2XL

How To Train A Custom Wake Word For Google Assistant Using Snowboy

Following up to my primer on using Snowboy for custom Google Assistant wake words, in this video, I’ll walk you through using Snowboy’s “Hotword As A Service” to train your own wake words.

PARTS/TOOLS:

Google AIY Voice Kit

Raspberry Pi 3B+ (with appropriate SD card and power supply)

RESOURCES:

Snowboy

Mego 2XL Robot Teardown

The Mego 2XL Robot is an interesting piece from the very beginning of interactive electronic toys. The 1970s 2XL incorporated little more than a modified 8-track player to provide hours of entertainment on specially-formatted cassette tapes. In this Mego 2XL teardown, we’ll look at how the toy was built, the basic working mechanism, and attempt to diagnose a 2XL not working.

RESOURCES:

2XL Documents (contains US Patent and component data sheets)