As already mentioned in the “ordering some goodies” blog post, the nice case I want to use as housing for our [DIY] HOME (PERSONAL AI) ASSISTANT project is the Orbital case from Polypodis – Germany. Now I have not yet ordered one as of yet as I still need to contact them about shipment possibilities to The Netherlands, but in this little blog post I would like to share some ideas I have to MOD the case for use as a smart speaker type of device utilising the ReSpeaker 4-Mic HAT board.
Not much is really needed in my oppinion to make it suitable for the 4 microphones and LED’s to be accessible / viewable from the outside of the case. My idea is also heavily based on the Google Home Mini. I would like to cut out a big circle of the top of the case. Almost full width and then replace the cut out plastic with a similar type of (transparent) fabric used by the Google Home Mini. Nothing less, nothing more.
Below a quick drawing of the modification in mind.
This week I will try to contact the guys to discuss the possibilities for me to order straight from them with some custom delivery to my house. If that is some how not possible, I will need to figure out how to order and get it delivered to one of the closest by German pickup points. Never did that before so rather go for the first option. 😉