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Offline dynamixTopic starter

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Audio Robots...
« on: December 02, 2014, 07:15:50 AM »
ArcBotics Sparki Robot this is the name of the robot I am purchasing to begin. Mainly because it is for my daughter but i Also want to start learning and build my own robot moving forward. That's my introduction here, taking small steps into a much bigger world. What inspires me is the personalities of the robots in Star Wars. Now I know that is just a movie and I don't expect to get a speaker and mic attached to a robot and have an instant personality but that is my goal to learn how to program personality robots. My first personality robot goal is to make something similar to R2D2 meaning simple interactions and not deep conversation like C3P0. I am mainly curious right now what would I have to buy to attach to a robot that would give it a programmable audio channel. Mono is all I need and a decent speaker so you can hear the sound clearly. I don't expect to do this tomorrow and will start with the simple Sparki and move onto other simple kits before I attempt to do anything more creative. Thanks for your patience, I am a noob and any kits you recommend I'll definitely try. Also anything to improve my coding skills which is none right now but if theres books or college courses I'm in for the long haul.

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Re: Audio Robots...
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2014, 01:57:56 PM »
The SOMO14 board is good for replaying recorded sounds from a microSD card - and is small. Gives you about 250 pre-recorded tracks to play back (limited by size of the SD memory card) and is simple to use,  Speech synthesis (for an unlimited vocab) is harder - WebbotLib has one - but it is retro sounding - see http://webbot.org.uk/iPoint/45.page and click the links for output examples.
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Re: Audio Robots...
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2015, 07:55:03 PM »
I also began robotics as a hobby with sound interaction. I made a bunch of small sound circuits as found on an old radio shack project kit and would activate the circuit based on external factors such as the room being quiet for a minute straight or if there was a change in light. That was a long time ago, the 80s. Now I always build my robots with a standard windows pc as part of the platform. Pcs are cheap enough these days and though not small more can be done with bigger robots, in my opinion. Easy voice input and output is possible with Visual Basic and possibilities are of course endless. I have found that doing sound in and out with discreet electronics is a field of study all its own.
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