How to build a HomePod from a regular speaker and an old iPhone.
How to build a HomePod from a regular speaker and an old iPhone
An article has come out on PhoneArena on how to turn an iPhone into a smart speaker, yours, geeker translates the article.
Intelligent digital assistants are increasingly in demand today. The major manufacturers of electronic products have already presented their versions of these devices, or at least have announced their launch.
Apple has already introduced the HomePod smart speaker. Another example of a smart speaker is Google Home. We must also mention the wide range of Amazon speakers with the virtual assistant Alexa. As you can see, the market is already quite saturated.
We have decided that iOS users have the right to make something useful with their own hands. So today we present a tutorial for fans of apple products.
As you may have already guessed, this process will require you to use an old iOS device. It can be an iPhone or an iPad. The main thing is that the gadget has to be compatible with one of the latest versions of iOS.
We recommend that you use an iPhone 5s or later mobile phone that is compatible with iOS 12. Of course, we understand that most iPhones with iOS 12 can also be used for their purpose. But it’s easy enough to turn it into a homemade HomePod speaker if you want.
So, in front of you is an old iPhone. A device that has been stored in a drawer for a long time, replaced by a more modern mobile phone. Which means that it can already be used for another purpose. All the more reason to keep it alive after its redesign. It becomes a speaker similar to the HomePod.
Now prepare an external speaker with Bluetooth connectivity. If possible, you can get a more solid audio system. The main requirement is a wireless connection.
The main advantage of the HomePod is the reproduction of Hi-Fi sound. This means that it is very close to the original. The sound quality of the HomePod is noticeably better than the average smart speaker. The explanation is simple. The device has a powerful 4″ subwoofer for bass, as well as 7 tweeters.
Of course, it’s hard to get the same sound quality from a single cheap speaker. But you have to start somewhere.
Connect your iPhone or iPad to an external audio system. Connect your mobile phone or tablet to the charger so that the device does not disconnect at the most unexpected moment.
This advice is especially relevant for owners of gadgets with old and weak batteries. If the battery is still working fine, you can do without it for a while.
Check the Siri assistant. Make sure the program responds to your voice commands. After turning it on, you will have to teach the virtual assistant to recognize your voice. To do this, follow the instructions that appear on the screen and say phrases into the microphone.
For better voice recognition, we advise you to place the smartphone where it will be used normally. You can then move on to training. Each place in your house or apartment has its own acoustics that are relevant to the software.
Please note that the microphones on iPhone and iPad are not designed for remote speech recognition. Smart speakers have multiple directional microphones, allowing them to pick up commands even from considerable distances and from different directions. But a phone or tablet will always be inferior to a smart speaker in this regard.
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