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Voice Recognition Module with Arduino

Voice Recognition Module Description:

voice recognition module

Voice Recognition Module with Arduino- This is the DFRobot’s Gravity Offline Language learning voice recognition sensor module; which is so far the best offline voice recognition module I have ever used. I am saying this after testing this remarkable piece of hardware. So, before I am going to explain anything like its features and specifications; allow me to demonstrate its functionality, and then you can decide for yourself whether it’s worth using.

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I have connected the Gravity offline voice recognition module to the Arduino Nano; but instead of using the Arduino Nano, you can also use the Arduino Uno, and Arduino Mega. You can also use it with Raspberry pi and ESP32 etc; because this voice recognition module is compatible with 3.3V and 5V controller boards.

Anyway, as usual, I am using my designed Arduino LoRa development board because it already has most of the electronics components like Relays, Oled display module, a 5V buzzer, and a powerful 5V and 3A regulated power supply.

Anyways, for the demonstration purposes; I have connected a 10Kg torque Servo motor, a 110/220Vac bulb, and this board already has a 5V buzzer. So, we are going to control all these loads using built-in voice commands and using custom voice commands.

Let me also tell you, if you are planning on using similar high torque servo motors or GSM modules that draw more current then I highly recommend use an external 5V and 3A power supply, the same 5V and 3A power supply I have added on my Arduino LoRa development board; so I don’t need to use an external 5V power supply. I can use any power source between 9 and 28 volts.

By the way, it’s not compulsory to use these kinds of loads, you can start with Leds, and once you learn how to use built-in voice commands, how to record custom voice commands, and how to use them; then you can control pretty much anything. And this is what I am going to demonstrate right now. So, let’s go ahead and power up the Arduino board.

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The voice recognition module has two Leds the Red(PWR) and Blue(ASR). The Red color LED is the Power indicator and the Blue color LED is the Wake-up Status Indicator. So, initially when you power up the voice recognition module, if both the LEDs are ON, you can start saying voice commands and if the Blue Color LED is OFF then it means the module is in Standby mode and during this mode it doesn’t accept any voice commands except the wake-up word; which refers to the word that switches the voice recognition module from standby mode to operational mode. It serves as the initial point of interaction between the user and voice recognition module.

I am explaining this point in detail, because in the beginning I also got confused. When I powered up the module I was repeatedly saying the wake-up word but the module wasn’t showing any response and it wasn’t switching from the Standby Mode to the Operational Mode.

I fixed this issue by not doing anything; I just waited for a while and when I heard the voice assistant saying “I am off now” then I understood the whole scene. So, each time you power up this module, you will have to wait for 20 seconds; so that the voice recognition module enters into the Standby mode and then you can wake-up the module using the built-in or custom wake-up word.

Let me practically show it to you and I am going to place the Mic next to the onboard speaker so that you can clearly hear the Voice Assistant “For the practical demonstration watch the video tutorial given at the end of this article”.

So, when you hear “I am off now”, from this point you can wake-up the module. The built-in Wake-up command is “Hello Robot”. But you can also record a custom wake-up phrase; I will demonstrate this in a minute.

Anyway, let’s first start with the built-in wake-up and voice commands. Let me tell you, there are a total of 121 built-in fixed command words.

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I successfully controlled the Light bulb, Servo, and Buzzer using Built-in voice commands. When the buzzer is ON, the voice recognition module still works perfectly, so it means it can be used in noisy environments.

Now, let’s check from how far we can control the devices using voice commands. Let’s start with a distance of 6 meters and let me tell you this kind of test I have never performed on any voice recognition module.

Even from such a long distance, I successfully controlled all the loads; for me it was unbelievable and seriously I was totally amazed.

It can be used in Wheelchairs, Robots, Cars, Security Systems, Home automation projects, you can even use it to control your PC or Laptop.

Anyway, next, I am going to use custom wake-up and voice commands. You can also record custom words and phrases in other languages. You can record 17 custom commands and you can use any sound as a command. For the demonstration purposes I recorded 4 custom commands two in English language (“ Servo 90” and “Servo 0”) and two commands in Urdu or Hindi Language “light on karo” and  “light off karo”. Let me demonstrate it for you.

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I successfully controlled all the loads using custom voice commands. “For the practical demonstration watch the video tutorial given at the end of this article”.

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Now, let’s go ahead and take a look at some of its key specifications, it’s interfacing with Arduino, how to use built-in command words, how to record custom voice commands, and how to use them in programming. So, without any further delay, let’s get started!!!

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Voice Recognition DF2301QG V1.0:

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This speech recognition sensor module is built around an offline voice recognition chip, which can be directly used without an internet connection.

It comes with 121 built-in fixed command words, eliminating the need for users to record their own voices. Here is a list of all the built-in voice commands with their desired ID’s.

Fixed Command Words ID Fixed Command Words ID Fixed Command Words ID
Go forward 22 Retreat 23 Park a car 24
Turn left ninety degrees 25 Turn left forty-five degrees 26 Turn left thirty degrees 27
Turn right forty-five degrees 29 Turn right thirty degrees 30 Shift down a gear 31
Line tracking mode 32 Light tracking mode 33 Bluetooth mode 34
Obstacle avoidance mode 35 Face recognition 36 Object tracking 37
Object recognition 38 Line tracking 39 Color recognition 40
Tag recognition 41 Object sorting 42 Qr code recognition 43
General settings 44 Clear screen 45 Learn once 46
Forget 47 Load model 48 Save model 49
Take photos and save them 50 Save and return 51 Display number zero 52
Display number one 53 Display number two 54 Display number three 55
Display number four 56 Display number five 57 Display number six 58
Display number seven 59 Display number eight 60 Display number nine 61
Display smiley face 62 Display crying face 63 Display heart 64
Turn off dot matrix 65 Read current posture 66 Read ambient light 67
Read compass 68 Read temperature 69 Read acceleration 70
Reading sound intensity 71 Calibrate electronic gyroscope 72 Turn on the camera 73
Turn off the camera 74 Turn on the fan 75 Turn off the fan 76
Turn fan speed to gear one 77 Turn fan speed to gear two 78 Turn fan speed to gear three 79
Start oscillating 80 Stop oscillating 81 Reset 82
Set servo to ten degrees 83 Set servo to thirty degrees 84 Set servo to forty-five degrees 85
Set servo to sixty degrees 86 Set servo to ninety degrees 87 Turn on the buzzer 88
Turn off the buzzer 89 Turn on the speaker 90 Turn off the speaker 91
Play music 92 Stop playing 93 The last track 94
The next track 95 Repeat this track 96 Volume up 97
Volume down 98 Change volume to maximum 99 Change volume to minimum 100
Change volume to medium 101 Play poem 102 Turn on the light 103
Turn off the light 104 Brighten the light 105 Dim the light 106
Adjust brightness to maximum 107 Adjust brightness to minimum 108 Increase color temperature 109
Decrease color temperature 110 Adjust color temperature to maximum 111 Adjust color temperature to minimum 112
Daylight mode 113 Moonlight mode 114 Color mode 115
Set to red 116 Set to orange 117 Set to yellow 118
Set to green 119 Set to cyan 120 Set to blue 121
Set to purple 122 Set to white 123 Turn on ac 124
Turn off ac 125 Increase temperature 126 Decrease temperature 127
Cool mode 128 Heat mode 129 Auto mode 130
Dry mode 131 Fan mode 132 Enable blowing up & down 133
Disable blowing up & down 134 Enable blowing right & left 135 Disable blowing right & left 136
Open the window 137 Close the window 138 Open curtain 139
Close curtain 140 Open the door 141 Close the door 142

And supports the addition of 17 custom command words. Any sound could be trained as a command, such as whistling, snapping, or even cat meows, which brings great flexibility to interactive audio projects.

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IDs from 5 to 21 are already assigned to custom commands.

Commands for learning ID Commands for learning ID Commands for learning ID
The first custom command 5 The second custom command 6 The third custom command 7
The fourth custom command 8 The fifth custom command 9 The sixth custom command 10
The seventh custom command 11 The eighth custom command 12 The ninth custom command 13
The tenth custom command 14 The eleventh custom command 15 The twelfth custom command 16
The thirteenth custom command 17 The fourteenth custom command 18 The fifteenth custom command 19
The sixteenth custom command 20 The seventeenth custom command 21

We have a total of 9 learning-related commands which I have explained in the video.

Learning-related commands ID Learning-related commands ID Learning-related commands ID
Learning wake word 200 Learning command word 201 Re-learn 202
Exit learning 203 I want to delete 204 Delete wake word 205
Delete command word 206 Exit deleting 207 Delete all 208

Wake-up words

Wake-up words ID
Wake-up words for learning 1
Hello robot 2

It’s compatible with 3.3V and 5V controller boards like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP32, STM32, ESP8266, and so on.

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It supports both I2C and UART communication. You have a switch two select any of the two interfaces.

Since this is an offline voice recognition module, so you don’t need an internet connection which makes it more secure privacy, as users don’t have to worry about their conversation content being recorded and uploaded to the Cloud.

The module features a dual microphone design with better noise resistance and a longer recognition distance, making it relatively accurate and reliable even in noisy environments. I already demonstrated this and it was quite impressive.

It comes with a built-in speaker and an external speaker interface for real-time voice feedback of recognition results. You can use this switch to select the Onboard or external speaker. It supports an external speaker of 8 ohms and 3W passive speaker.


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Operating voltage: 3.3 – 5V

Maximum Operating Current: ≤370mA (5V)

Communication interfaces: I2C/UART

I2C Address: 0x64

Fixed Commands: 121

Fixed Wake-up Command: 1

Custom Commands: 17 and

Onboard Microphone Sensitivity: -28db

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It has a total of 4 wires clearly labeled. If the switch is set to the I2C interface then the Green wire is the SDA and the Blue wire is the SCL. And if the switch is set to the UART interface then the Green wire is the Tx and the Blue wire is the Rx. If you are using a 5V compatible controller board then connect the Red wire to the 5V and GND wire to the controller GND pin. And if you are using a 3.3V compatible controller board then connect the RED and Black wires to the Controller 3.3V and GND pins.

Voice Recognition Module with Arduino:

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Connect the VCC and GND wires of the voice recognition module to the Arduino 5V and GND. Since I am using the I2C interface; so that’s why I have connected the Green and Blue wires to the Arduino A4 and A5 pins.

Connect the Red and Brown wires of the Servo to the External 5V regulated power supply and connect the Yellow wire to the Arduino digital pin D2.

Out of these 4 relays I am using only 1 relay and it’s connected to the Arduino digital pin D4.

The 5V buzzer is connected to the Arduino digital pin D8.

You can follow this circuit diagram. Next, I am going to explain how to record a custom wake-up word and voice commands.

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Recording a custom voice command:

We have a total of 9 learning-related commands. Let’s say if you want to record a new wake-up word or a phrase then simply say learning wake word and then follow the voice assistant.

Watch Video Tutorial

Now, I can use the “Hi sexy” command to wake-up the module.

Now let’s record 4 custom voice commands; for this we will have to say Learning command word and then we will have to follow the voice assistant. So, let’s do it.

Watch the Video

After you have recorded the voice commands don’t forget to say Exit learning.

Exactly the same way, you can record other voice commands. Let me remind you, you can only record 17 custom voice commands.

Delete Wake Words and Command Words:

Summon the voice assistant using the awakening word (default or customized), and articulate the phrase “I want to delete” Follow the prompts to eliminate the specified command phrase as instructed.

Indication: Do you want to delete the learned wake word or command word?

Delete command word: Remove the previously acquired command phrases.

Delete wake word: Erase the learned awakening words from the system.

Delete all: Eliminate the assimilated awakening utterances and command phrases from memory.

Exit deleting.

Anyway, next, I am going to explain how to use the Built-in and custom commands in the programming to control anything we want. But, first, I am going to install the required library.

Voice Recognition Module Library:

Download: DFRobot_DF2301Q library

While the Arduino IDE is opene. Go to the Sketch Menu, then to Include Library, and click on the Add .zip Library.

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Browse to the location and select the library zip folder and click on the open button.

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Voice Recognition Module Arduino Programming:

103 is the ID of “Turn ON the light”. You can confirm this from the built-in commands list. You can see 104 is the ID of “turn off the light”. So, I have used the same ID in the programming to turn off the light.

Similarly, 141 is the ID of “Open the door” and 142 is the ID of “Close the Door”.

88 and 89 are the IDs to turn ON and turn off the buzzer.

5, 6, 7, and 8 are the IDs of custom voice commands. And let me tell you, whenever you start learning command words; it will start from the first command. So, each time you add a new command, you will have to record the previous voice commands as well. So, what I suggest is that, first write all your custom voice commands on a paper and then record those in one go. This is how I did it and it worked and I have already demonstrated this. So, That’s all for you.

Watch Video Tutorial:


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My name is Shahzada Fahad and I am an Electrical Engineer. I have been doing Job in UAE as a site engineer in an Electrical Construction Company. Currently, I am running my own YouTube channel "Electronic Clinic", and managing this Website. My Hobbies are * Watching Movies * Music * Martial Arts * Photography * Travelling * Make Sketches and so on...

One Comment

  1. Hi

    I have tried your code but am stuck – any chance you can find the time to help me please?

    I am using Arduino ide v2.2.1 on a Linux system

    When i run your code the serial monitor just keeps outputting the number 0 over & over on a new line

    Although the DFRobot board gives an audio response to my instructions nothing lights up & nothing is printed in the serial monitor

    I have tried the demo code from the DFRobot library & i get the a simiklar result in that the serial monitor does not print out anything

    Any guidance you could give would be much appreciated!

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