Student Project at Kutztown University Has Amazon Alexa Talking to Extron Classroom AV Systems
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Anaheim, California (November 11, 2021) - Three Kutztown University of Pennsylvania computer science and information technology students and their faculty advisors recently completed a project which interfaces Amazon Alexa with Extron control to allow voice control of the college’s Extron classroom AV systems. The project, dubbed CT-Toolbox, was designed to create ADA compliant AV systems that are accessible for all students. CT-Toolbox implements the voice control process with two software services: Alexa Skill running in the Amazon AWS cloud, and the CT-Toolbox Client running on an Extron Control Processor. At completion of their senior project, the CT-Toolbox team performed a live demo. They proved the feasibility of hands-free voice control of the school’s standard classroom AV systems. The project earned a passing grade and the students went on to graduate to new careers in industry.
According to the members of the CT-Toolbox student team, “Our success in completing the CT-Toolbox project is partly attributable to our Computer Science and Information Technology core courses. The user-friendliness of Extron Global Scripter and Alexa Skills Kit were a big help, as was the patient support provided by our advisors, including Extron."
To read the full Kutztown University case study and watch the student demo video, click here.