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defwheezer
04-26-2010, 05:14 PM
A Harbinger of the Robot Apocalypse?

Maybe not, but would be freaky to first hear of the Robot Apocalypse from this type of animatronic News Feed reading robot head!

RSS feed reading robotic chimp-machine hybrid (http://robotzsf.blogspot.com/) made from a wowwee chimp head and a serializer WL (http://www.roboticsconnection.com/c-5-robot-controllers.aspx) parasite board.

YouTube- Harbinger of the Robot Apocalypse

Others have covered the general hackings of the chimp, (http://www.hackinglab.org/bremen/index_bremen.html) but here I add realistic mouth movement synced to an automated RSS feed reader.

Mouth animations are done using the Viseme (http://www.codeproject.com/KB/graphics/csharpSapiwithAgent.aspx) stream data which encodes mouth shape and phoneme length. This in turn used to control a servo in the jaw. TTS (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5E86EC97-40A7-453F-B0EE-6583171B4530&displaylang=en) stream from an RSS feed updated in real time. For this demo the keywords were robot and drone. All the programming was done in Visual C# using as a rough basis the Robotics Connections (http://www.roboticsconnection.com/t-RoboticApplications.aspx) examples code.