Getting Alexa Voice Service working on Matrix Creator and Raspberry Pi 3

The key is following the instructions below if you want to get something up quick with Alexa and the Creator. Do not follow the Matrix CLI/OS instructions then try to follow the Alexa AVS Sample below unless you really know what you are doing here. The CLI/OS instruction videos are great, but putting you in a more advance position that can be frustrating.

Follow this process:

  1. Buy a Raspberry Pi 3, 8 gig SD card and a Matrix Creator. I got the RPI3 and Creator at Newark.
  2. Download (recommend torrenting) a copy of Raspbarian Jessie. Skip NOOBS.
  3. If using a Mac, follow these instructions, or download the SD Memory Card formatter, Etcher then flash the downloaded Raspbarian Jessie .img to the SD card.
  4. Insert the mini-SD card in the RPI3. Now plug in your USB mouse, keyboard and HDMI monitor.
  5. Plug in the power cord to the RPI3.
  6. Set up SSH on the RPI3.
  7. Now for the most important part: follow these instructions in one session. It will take an hour, so make time:

You should be good to go. There are much cheaper and easier ways to make a RPI3 use AVS, but if you want to build something that has voice and sensor features like I want to build, this seems like a good way to start.

Next, trying to figure out how to add other apps and build features for the Matrix Creator.


4,335 days

That’s how many days it took me to make my first post here. That’s 11.8 years, which kind of freaks me out. First, I’d like to thank the person constantly asking for password reset lately and reminding me I had this space. I’ll try to make good use of it.

Going to start posting notes on some projects I’m working on here. First up, I’m setting up the Matrix Creator.

So far, I have followed the Quickstart instructions to install Matrix OS and Matrix CLI:.

I’ve run into a few issues which I’m going to resolve today. Once I do, I think I can repost a more streamlined process for installation for those of us not super comfortable working with terminal and raspberry pi’s.