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Could anyone be interested in this solution? ("Voice controlled BeoGram")

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christiank
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christiank Posted: Wed, Jul 11 2018 9:47 PM

Hi all, 

My friend and I are working on a solution (actually two separate solutions, for flexibility) to voice-control a stand-alone datalink-controlled BeoGram. 

You may have seen this solution: a BeoGram (obviously), a BeoMaster to connect it to, a BeoLink converter 1611 to convert DataLink to MasterLink, a NL/ML converter to convert MasterLink to NetworkLink, and a BeoLink Gateway to integrate it with Khimo+IFTTT+Google Home/Alexa.

That's a big bunch of boxes for a relatively small task, if all you want to do is to voice-control a BeoGram. And the 2 converters are obsolete, meaning that you would need to find it second hand.

What we want is to simply connect the BeoGram sound output (either from built-in or external riaa preamp) directly to line-in of a product, and then connect "something" to the data-pin of the DIN plug on the BeoGram.

What we have in mind is:

a) A solution where you need a BLGW, a Global Cache IP2IR, optocoupler and remote access (Khimo) + a special DIN plug - quite easy to set up - but also a bit more expensive than solution b (but nowhere near as expensive as the one mentioned above). 

b) A much cheaper solution with a developer board where you don't need any other hardware than a resistor, an optocoupler and a NodeMCU board + a special DIN plug. But it requires a little more work, although I'd say it isn't difficult at all.

 

We are still working on the documentation, but here's a demo of the end-result (solution b) recorded on a late night in my basement (sorry for the bad light quality). 

https://youtu.be/33PdBND2O_A

 

We will of course share all the documentation once its finished (hoping for end of July).

 

Best regards Maurizio and Christian

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Whoa! That’s cool. Cool
badgersurf
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I am very impressed, love the way you integrate old tech with new. Keep us posted on how you get on

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Kromer replied on Thu, Jul 12 2018 5:47 PM

Very cool, seems like it works pretty smooth. 

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Thanks, yeah the whole idea is that a solution like this should be accessable for 'everyone', and of course, there is also the gimmick-part of it; people get quite impressed when they see proper smart home integration of products from the 80's. 

One of my morning automations reads me the news, turns on the coffee machine and starts the beogram... Nice way to start the morning :)

christiank
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Documentation and link to video guide here:

https://github.com/cklit/smartbeogram

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BenSA replied on Thu, Aug 2 2018 12:33 PM

Super cool! Well done.

christiank
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Thanks :) If anyone dares to try this project, please let me hear about the result :)

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