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Thread: Teensy 4.0 and Voice Recognition

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    Teensy 4.0 and Voice Recognition

    Hi All,
    It seems like 4.0 has more than enough horse power to do a decent level of voice recognition based on what has been published.
    Has anyone tried any of these yet?

    Key Word Spotting
    Tensorflow Lite

    Looking for a bit of experience/advice/words of wisdom on how Teensy 4.0 might be used for a limited vocabulary voice recognition device.

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    Hey there!

    I started a thread the other day about TFLite on Teensy mostly focusing on a speech recognition example, and mjs513 broached a similar subject recently here. Very tight, serendipitous timing on all of this, hopefully we can get a critical mass going on Teensy-based ML applications . Looking forward to developments on all these fronts!

    Initial thoughts on the resources you mentioned:

    1) Picovoice
    At first glance, the "Request Access" button peppered throughout their site presents a barrier; I'm a bit reluctant to fill out said form, given that I'm mostly concerned with noncommercial and/or unconventional uses of ML... maybe if I ask nicely they would grant use for academia and exploration? I see that they do have a Github repo, but it's all precompiled libraries so I doubt it would be possible to tweak things to run on Teensy without commercial access. In the end, though, the very existence of such companies is an encouraging reminder that embedded ML at the edge is a viable, vibrant field to explore.

    2) pocketsphinx
    I had never heard of this project, but I have a lot of respect for CMU and have confidence in their ability to execute; see the Pixy CMUCam. It occurs to me that, even though the documentation only mentions desktop environments, lessons may be learned anyway because they have a good dataset with which to train models. Perhaps we could leverage this to better train TFLite models?

    3) Key Word Spotting
    What's intriguing is that it mentions Tensorflow, but it's a bit old so it's not the recent renaissance we're seeing with Pete Warden's post, etc. The main benefit I derive from this code is that this work predates a lot of the early/mid-2019 advances in this field, and it starts a conversation about a number of different models that can be used for microcontroller-based AI/ML.

    My short-term plans with TFLite are to better understand how to configure, train, and deploy new models, and to better integrate TF neural networks into more conventional Arduino sketches; with the current state of things it feels a bit weird that the main Arduino sketch is rather empty, and the TF runtime is largely independent and hidden. For example, if we're talking about mechatronics, I'd be thinking of Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics) and how they use ML to enable robots to self-optimize in the field via reinforcement learning (see here and here; tinkering with TFLite and various Teensy libraries to do things like stepper motor control would be a much smoother experience if more of this could be done in the Arduino IDE.

    - Andrew

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    More resources

    Hi Andrew,
    I looked at your tensorflow write up, looks like you are on the verge of getting things running. Have you seen this product from a few years ago? They took an interesting approach:
    Check out their list of resources at the bottom of the page...

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    That MOVI thing looks pretty cool, and the resources listed on the page are great, thanks for that! Wow, though, that's an Allwinner A13 running Linux so we're getting into Pi territory, funny so see such a powerful chip put on an Arduino shield (it needs its own power supply!). They don't seem to mention quantization (i.e. the use of reduced-precision arithmetic with negligible effect on model performance) anywhere though, and that's one of the big reasons that TFLite has advanced to be able to fit onto much smaller microcontrollers.

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    Well I have an old veasyVR speech recognition module that I haven't use yet but there is a new version out if you are interested:

    Does look as capable but is less expensive. Also have the advantage that all you need is 3v or 5v power.

    For me the Arm link is the most interesting on getting started with TensorFlow

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