Use These Super-Cheap Development Boards to Control Your Gadgets With Google Assistant
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(First, a quick primer: A development board is a printed circuit board with a microprocessor, a few buttons, LED lights and pins for connecting to other devices. They're great for testing out new products and applications, and their small size also makes them perfect for developing smart home gadgets.)
The Particle Photon and C.H.I.P. both are perfect for anyone interested in tinkering with a smart home setup. They're small enough to fit into most other gadgets without taking up much space, and if you're developing a product to sell, they're also cheap enough to keep the price down later on.
They both support Wi-Fi, making it easy to create a connection with your smart speaker of choice. They can also connect over USB and work with various sensors and mechanisms, so each little development board goes a long way.
C.H.I.P. offers a similar solution for just under half the price. This development board may require a little more work to get connected with Google Assistant for voice commands, but it's definitely doable. You can get Google's AI running directly on a C.H.I.P. development board by following the directions here .
If you're looking for something that's easier to use or a little more advanced there are plenty of other options , but these cheaper models are a great way to test the waters.