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4.1. Project Overview

Obviously, there are a variety of different thermometers available that will tell you the temperature outside. However, I don't want to just stick a thermometer on the outside of my house—that's far too boring for me. Instead, I'm going to make my computer look up the weather every morning, and read it to me in my bedroom through some wireless speakers.

This project has four phases, which correspond to each of the layers in our conceptual design:

  • Weather Information

  • Speech Interface

  • Remote Audio

  • Control/Scheduling Mechanism

Each of these components is modular, so you can complete them in any order you like. You can even pick and choose the components you want to do—for example, if you're creating a web page and want to show the current temperature, you can scavenge from the Weather Information phase. If you want to add speech to a chat room, explore the Speech Interface phase.

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