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Find community nodes

The Node-RED instance that you are running in IBM Bluemix comes with a sample set of nodes, but you can also use community nodes, which are created and published by a community of developers.

You’ll import node libraries from the community to create nodes for a microphone, audio, and a dashboard.

In this section, you will create the Interpreter and a conversation bot (OK Watson) flows from this website: https://github.com/watson-developer-cloud/node-red-labs/tree/master/starter-kits.

    1. Open the web page that contains the two starter applications that you will be re-creating: https://github.com/watson-developer-cloud/node-red-labs/tree/master/starter-kits

    1. Scroll down to the set up Instructions.

    1. You will now learn how to find nodes like these for yourself.

    1. Open a new browser page and navigate to the Node-RED libraries at http://flows.nodered.org/.

    1. Search for a microphone node that you will add to your application. Select the nodes check box. Do not select flows.


The node-red-contrib-browser-utils library provides nodes for a microphone, camera, file inject, and unzip.

    1. Search for audio. You should see two libraries: the node-red-contrib-play-audio and the node-red-contrib-media-utils library.

The node-red-contrib-play-audio library provides a speaker node. The node-red-contrib-media-utils library provides media nodes for video and audio streams. You will use the speaker node in this lab and the media nodes in Lab 4.

    1. Search for a dashboard.

The node-red-dashboard library provides a set of nodes that you can use to build a dashboard. You won’t be using these nodes in this lab, but the Breaking News and Dashboard Translation starter kits will use the dashboard.