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Tech behemoth Google is planning to make some additions to its existing catalog of  developer tools available for the users working on the Raspberry Pi microprocessor. The possible list of software include tools for face-and emotion-recognition, speech-to-text translation, natural language processing, sentiment analysis, predictive analytics and others which are sure to boost many projects this year.

Google is presently conducting surveys asking different Pi users about what tool would they like developed. The survey is accessible at the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s website.

According to the company:

We at Google are interested in creating smart tools for Makers, and want to hear from you about what would be most helpful.

Some of the fields being targeted include 3D printing, home automation, clothings , drones, IoT, robotics, and machine learning.

Eben Upton, Pi’s co founder tells TechCrunch;

For me, the big opportunities are around deep learning and AI. Google are very strong in this area, particularly after the DeepMind acquisition, and there are obvious benefits to being able to connect their services to the real world using Raspberry Pi. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the survey, and what they choose to develop in response.

Raspberry Pi Foundation produces a small credit-card size computer which can be attached with your TV and keyboard providing you the ability of performing all those works which a normal PC could do like playing games, high definition videos or managing spreadsheets. It is a non-profit Pi Foundation which is a huge success with its inexpensive microprocessors, and boasts of crossing over 10 million sales within just four and a half years of its release.

There is already a superabundance of pre-existing dev tools for the Pi makers, however, Google is planning to introduce a new set of its own AI tools in a step to quicken development for the Pi makers. For instance, they may tap into the TensorFlow open source machine learning library, developed by Google, more easily and efficiently.

In case you remember, in 2013, Google’s philanthropic wing gifted $1M worth of the Pi microprocessors to 15,000 UK school kids. Meanwhile, there is currently no official version of Android for the Pi, however, there are some tricks to run it on the Pi microprocessor and also there are some clues that say Google is working on the prospect.

Upton adds to the anticipation:

No news on ‘official’ Android at present: we remain very focused on PIXEL and Raspbian as our in-house software platform.

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