GOOGLE VERBALIZER

An open source dev board for Google Voice Search.

With Google announcing the launch of Voice Search for desktop, we couldn’t help thinking that there was even more fun to be had with talking to a computer. So, we went ahead and built an open source dev board to inspire people to build their own useful and wacky contraptions to take Voice Search to another level. 

Out of the box, the Verbalizer connects wirelessly to your computer via Bluetooth and when triggered, opens google.com in a new tab and activates Voice Search. An audio notification is played signaling google is ready for your query, which is spoken into the on-board mic. The board is Arduino compatible and we left some I/O pins open, so it's easy for anyone to jump in and create something nutty with it.

To show off the extent of what can be created, we invited some electronics newbies out to our first ever Make 'n Break workshop to share some toys we built with the Verbalizer, as well as to let them have a play.

See how it all went down in the video above.