[edit] Introduction

Saera is a Siri clone for Fremantle and Harmattan

Saera uses Pocketsphinx for voice recognition, eSpeak to talk and PyGTK for the GUI.

[edit] More

More information on the package can be found ... Saera

Saera Package Page

[edit] Installation

The latest versions can be found in the Devel repository and can be installed using the N900 Application Manager (HAM).

[edit] Operation

To install, you will need these packages:

  • pocketsphinx-utils
  • pocketsphinx-hmm-en-hub4wsj
  • pocketsphinx-lm-en-hub4
  • gstreamer0.10-pocketsphinx
  • python-gst0.10
  • python-gtk2
  • python-gobject
  • python-cairo
  • espeak

[edit] Current Features

Currently Saera can:-

  • Tell you the time, both where you are and in a few major cities (more will be added)
  • Greet you
  • Verify she's working, if you say "testing"
  • Take a picture, if the lens cover is open and the camera app isn't
  • Take a picture of you with the front camera
  • Tell you the meaning of life, the universe and everything
  • Tell you random facts about the N900
  • Call a phone number (buggy)
  • Tell you where you are if you're lost
  • search for food near you
  • Read you new emails as they come in
  • Set alarms (note that I haven't got them to boot the device if it's off yet)
  • Play and pause music (although you can't play a song by name yet - that will come.)

[edit] Bugs

This maintainer is currently using this thread for reporting bugs.

[edit] FAQ

Q: Is this server-based, like Siri or Google Now?

A: No, the N900 has enough processing power to run this locally. This means that Saera will still work without an internet connection, and that you don't have to worry about the security of the server.

Q: I installed Saera, and now I have no rootfs space left! Help!

A: Saera is optified, but it depends on Pocketsphinx, which isn't. Optified Pocketsphinx packages will be uploaded eventually; in the mean time, there's a script to fix that here: [1].

Q: Will this run on the N9?

A: There is ongoing progress with rewriting the application in QML.

[edit] License/Disclaimer

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 only.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

See the GNU General Public License for more details.

[edit] Credits

Created by taixzo

[edit] Versions/Change Log

[edit] 0.1 (Initial Releases)

0.1-6 (Current Devel)

  • Fixed missing
  • Added Chuck Norris facts.
  • Added ability to use Google Search cards.


  • Fixed crash when IMAP folder not present.
  • Added experimental POP support.


  • Added ability to schedule alarms.


  • Added ability to read back IMAP emails as they arrive.


  • Fixed food search
  • Added ability to search for food in several categories.


  • Added food search.


  • Initial Releases.

[edit] Wiki Update Info

Last Updated - sixwheeledbeast - 07 Sep 2012 21:11 UTC
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