Google Planning to Furnish AI Tools for Pi Makers This Year

The internet giant Google is planning to expand the development tools available to makers who are working with Raspberry Pi microprocessor to accelerate their projects this year. The tools might be software for speech-to-text translation, face and emotion recognition, sentiment analysis, predictive analytics and natural language processing.

Google is already conducting a survey with Pi makers asking about the types of tools they would like to develop it. The details of the survey you can get at Raspberry Pi Foundation’s website.

The survey says “We at Google are interested in creating smart tools for makers, and want to hear from you about what would be most helpful”. The major tech areas covered by the survey include drones, IoT, robotics, 3D printing, wearables, machine learning and home automation.

When saying about Raspberry Pi, it is a UK based not-for-profit foundation which develops credit-card sized computer that is plugged into your TV and a keyboard. It is a little PC that contains all the basic things including spreadsheets, word processing and games that your computer has. It can also be used to play high-definition videos. It is used by kids across the world to learn programming. It is also used by some mobile app development companies in Mumbai to integrate high-definition videos into apps.

When TechCrunch interviewed Pi co-founder Eben Upton, he stated “For me, the big opportunities are around deep learning and AI. Google are very strong in this area, particularly after the DeepMind acquisition, and there are obvious benefits to being able to connect their services to the real world using Raspberry Pi. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the survey, and what they choose to develop in response.”

Pi Foundation has been widely successful in its venture, crossing 10 million sales in last September which came after four and a half years of its initial release. These low cost microprocessors had targeted just a few thousand as a lifetime target, but the uniqueness it possess made it well stand out in the market.

Pi makers have already got a good set of dev tools including the OpenCV computer vision library to develop projects leveraging facial recognition. But Google wants to bring its own AI tools hoping it could accelerate development. TensorFlow is a machine learning open source library Pi makers can avail of which was originally developed by researchers at Google.

Google has been supporting Pi makers since a long back, which had gifted $1M worth of the microprocessors to 15,000 UK schoolkids in 2013. Google’s this step needs to be compatible with Foundation’s core mission to raise the spirits of youngsters to take up coding.

Google has been proactive in this venture: before, the company developed an open source tool for turning a Pi into a basic web server, and the Pi 3, the most powerful Pi currently, which is supported by Google’s Android Things IoT platform. In fact, currently Pi doesn’t have any official version of Android, but there are possibilities to run the platform on Pi hardware.


Though there are no official confirmation regarding Google’s next step with Pi, some recent happenings have made industry experts expect it. Let’s see how Google and Pi together take technology learning to the next level.

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