Just found Snips after doing some research on offline voice assistants.
Sounds very promising and I might be interested in getting the maker kit and playing around with it.
I am a little confused about the offline nature of Snips - is it really offline?
Reading articles like this:
Developers can offload individual elements such as wake word processing or natural language recognition…
and then posts like this:
…makes it sound like its kinda online - kinda offline?
For Text To Speech:
Is that offline? (I don’t mind robot sounding voice… doesn’t have to sound like an Australian Alexa)
For Speech To Text (voice recognition):
Is that offline? Or if there is an offline mode / option for this - is it any good? (I’ve read bad things about Sphinx, etc…) Does it use the NLP? or is the offline mode some lesser option?
From what I understand, you configure skills in some online profile, and then download the skills to your Snips device - so that sounds offline (I understand that the individual skills might need to access the internet to to check the weather, access Spotify APIs, etc…)
But - its not sending voice comments back to Snips HQ where it matches the command to the skill, right?