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Curt the Creeper Update: Adding Voice Interactivity and Sound; 4 bar linkage design


I spent the past few weeks researching voice interactivity and sound effect playback (mainly through Google search), and designing a 4 bar linkage to figure out what powertrain I need to drive the feet movement.  I thought others might benefit from info about my work so I'm posting it here.  This project will likely move at a fairly slow pace mainly due to current budget constraints.

Speech Interaction:

Says "banana" alot, and even some other things!
Well a long time ago I was thinking to myself "the Shout Box is a bit narrow, it could be a bit more IRC-like" and then I searched LMR and found this interesting … Read more

RoboVoice speech synthesizer

I just got my lastest Servo Magazine (electronic subscription) and I saw a new speech chip for a nice rethro style robot voice. This new chip, RoboVoice, is like a brother to the SpeakJet, but with a built in text to phonemes converter (800 rules database). It costs $24.99 but for the Servo readers there is a discount for the month of November so you can get it at $16.99 from SpeechChips.com: http://www.speechchips.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=22