Raspberry Pi Amazon Echo / Alexa Project

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If you would like to build the smart kitchen terminal shown in my videos start by setting up your Raspberry Pi set up as shown in the video and detailed instructions here.   You can also start with any basic Raspberry Pi running Raspbian. Now we can set you Pi up to be a fully functional Amazon Alexa powered device.

If you didn’t already watch the Alexa setup video you can see it HERE


As described in the video you need only follow the instructions on the Raspberry Pi Alexa GitHub page here.

Raspberry Pi Amazon Alexa Code


For me I decided to create shell scripts to run each of the 3 commands required to get Alexa up and running.  To do this you just make a new file on your desktop with any name you like followed my .sh.  in each of the files you will enter the startup commands.


Alexa Code mkme.org


amazon aleza raspberry pi mkme.org


raspberry pi echo www.mkme.org

To make your shell scripts executable you must use the command line tool and do this comamnd for each file

chmod 755 alexa1.sh
chmod 755 alexa2.sh

chmod 755 alexa3.sh

Now to start up your Alexa you just need to double click the shell script icons on your desktop in order starting with the first one.  This is the same as the instructions on GitHub just a bit easier for those not comfortable with the command line

You can also make these start automatically when your Raspberry Pi boots up.  I will try to post instructions for that in an upcoming article.

You can grab any Rasberry Pi parts in the MKME store


If you need any help or want to discuss the build you can visit the MKME Forum Thread here:


Remember to Subscribe to the MKME Lab on YouTube and give a like on the video if you enjoyed this project.  It helps a lot!  Next week we will add full Amazon Alexa control to our Raspberry Pi and give it a tonne more functionality.  Stay tuned!

Raspberry Pi Home Automation Terminal

mkme.org raspberry pi kitchen

Here’s the full instructions to build your smart kitchen display with a Raspberry Pi to display live video, weather reports, news, time and more. To get started you can see the full video overview here:


Go ahead and assemble your Raspberry Pi as shown in the video. The webcam/microphone isn’t needed right now but I included it because next video we will be adding full control and voice activation via the Amazon Alexa service.

You can use the NOOBs software found here to set up your Raspberry Pi. I advise you install both Raspian and Open-Elec so you can use your Pi to watch movies and TV as well by booting into KODI/OpenElec.  See my video here:

If you decide to use Open-Elec you can also see this video how to set it up to watch movies and add various “add-ons” so you can stream just about anything:

Now go ahead and set up your Pi for VNC access.  This way you can easily access and change your Pi from any PC in your home.  This makes it really easy to add new programs or change our setup.



Now we need to set up our website.  Go to the MKME Github here:  https://github.com/MKme/Kitchen-Pi


Kitchen Pi

Download the files and copy all the files inside the Web Page folder over to your web server. Setting up your webhosting/server is beyond the scope of this tutorial- Sorry. If you need to buy a hosting plan check out BlueHost.  They currently have a plan at $2.95 per month and I’ve heard many people like their service.

Edit the index.php file and at the top change the timezone to your local one:

Web Page Code

Now edit the stream URL’s to whatever YouTube videos or live streams you want displayed on your Pi:

Pi web code

Now edit the getHeadlines area to use the news feed you wish.  There are both the UK  and US BBC links as well as you can try others you wish (not tested here).  I like the US feed fine for my Canadian and US news.

Feed code


Now we need to edit the weather.js file.  Change the location to your location as well as the units to F or C as you wish.

mkme.org kitchen pi


That’s it for the page code!  Set up your pi wherever you wish and open Chromium browser to the url of your site (yourwebsiteaddress/index.php).


Pi page


Press F11 and this will toggle your page full screen and should look something like this:

mkme.org Kitchen Pi Kiosk


If you like you can also make a handy shell script to open Chromium automatically into full screen by using code like this:


pi chromium code


You will need to Google around for methods to make this autostart on Raspberry Pi boot as there are many ways to do it (beyond the scope of this instruction)

Remember to Subscribe to the MKME Lab on YouTube and give a like on the video if you enjoyed this project.  It helps alot!  Next week we will add full Amazon Alexa control to our Raspberry Pi and give it a tonne more functionality.  Stay tuned!




Raspberry Pi Media Center

Raspberry Pi Smart TV mkme.org

This week we took a Raspberry Pi and set it up as a full media center which can stream videos, watch TV broadcasts and much more.

In order to set up the basic operating system on the Pi you can follow the instructions for OpenElec here:

Once you have your Pi Media center up and running you may want to add more options for streaming movies and TV.  To do this you will need to install the Addon Installer by following these instructions:

1. Move to system -> File manager -> Add source
2. Add media location http://fusion.tvaddons.ag and for name add .Fusion
3. Go to settings -> add-ons -> select: install from zip file
4. Select .Fusion
5. Go to start-here and select plugin.program.addoninstaller.zip
6. You get message Addon instaler – Add-on enabled
7. Move to Programs and select Addon installer
8. Select Video Addons
9. Add any Addons you wish such as Genesis etc.
10. Move to videos -> add-ons and there you are, free movies and TV shows on demand

You can find the top Addons for 2015 HERE

If you don’t already have these parts you can get the Raspberry Pi, wireless adapter and remote control in the store HERE

Enjoy your new smart TV!