Most of this site is about how to build a lexa. It uses Dlexa (the one Dean is building) as an example. Crappy Garden Space Evolves Into the Promise of a Hedge Serious Topiary Hedge Dlexa Dlexa Still Mostly Vision Next:
Crappy Garden Space Evolves Into the Promise of a HedgeDean moved into the new Royal Bay development in Colwood in 2018. Royal Bay was an old gravel pit. I was mostly level and covered with scrub grass because that was the only thing that would survive. When the house was purchased in 2017 it was only a red spray paint rectangle on bare gravel facing a road with nothing but a show home at the far end of the block.
Serious Topiary HedgeIn summer 2020 I dug a 18 inch deep channel in the gravel along the whole length of the narrow strip. I lined it with plastic sheet (water retention) and filled it with good soil. The Escallonia babies were doing well but over winter the local rabbits decided they liked the taste and chewed them right down the ground level.
DlexaAmbition grew as I realize my interest in Mycroft AI could be added and the hedge dragon so it could have conversations with the public as they walked down the path. I considered a bunch of names for the hedge dragon but in homage to Alexa I decided to call mine Dlexa.
Dlexa Still Mostly VisionIn summer 2023 the first microphone and speaker are planned to be mounted on the growing hedge. Mycroft AI works in the office on the Mycroft server but a test from hedge ears to hedge snout (end-to-end) would prove the project works in the real world.
Next:Personality for lexa because we want our lexa to be different from commercial ones like: Alexa, Siri, Assistant. Dlexa wii have an "attitude" and that should make it more fun to talk to. Building a believable personality is a project in itself.