Nick Bild has achieved an impressive feat by running a large language model (LLM) on a Raspberry Pi 4, effectively turning it into a voice assistant. Instead of relying on online services provided by large companies, this setup allows users to harness the power of LLM locally.
The system utilizes Tinyllama, a local LLM packaged as a llamafile, making it easily accessible on the Pi with minimal setup. Voice recognition is handled by the whisper system, which provides a text transcript of the input prompt, while the eSpeak speech synthesizer generates voice output for the result.
This project democratizes access to LLM technology, as it is straightforward to install and configure on a Raspberry Pi. Full instructions are available in Nick Bild’s GitHub repository, making it accessible to hobbyists and enthusiasts looking to experiment with voice assistants and AI technology on a small scale.
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