Speech for class

Got to deliver a sweet but managable demonstration speech for Public speaking class 2maro. any awsome instructables i need to check out? thanks

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Speech-jamming gun

Are there any instructables available when it comes to "Speech-jamming guns"? Like this: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/27620/

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Speech recognition with GUI

Hello all, I am using a raspberry pi to write a program for face recognition and speech recognition. The whole thing has to be packed in a GUI and I am using Tkinter for that. Face recognition works fine with a nice GUI and all, but when I initialize the code for speech recognition, nothing other than the speech recognition works. The code initializes everything but the Gui screen doesn't show up. Can someone help me with this?I have added a link to my code below.Code for application Thankscheers :)

Question by Bhabeshr 


"speederman" explains how a steadicam device works ...

Hi.I saw this instructable : https://www.instructables.com/id/Staedicam/Then, I wanted to see a video using a steadicam, because it was the first time I heard about this device ... and I've found this incredible video demonstration. Did you understand everything "Speederman" said ????

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sir , how can i make a device which can read books for kids ?

Actually i saw a device named dolphino , it can read books whith the help of a  senser  and speaks words loudly and it has some kind of in built memory in which poems n rhymes are saved... this is rechargable also... i need u to guide me to make it

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I need a famous speech

I need to memorize a 7-10 minute famous speech for debate club.  I need a speech.  I don't want a big black speech because i'm half white and half asian and that would just look weird.  i have a nice powerful voice, but i just need a speech.Anyone?

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How does the speech screens work when the president gives a speech? Answered

I have many pictures of my kids holding their musical interments an smiling and I have many pictures of the back of their music stand wile they are playing. I want to build a music stand that is transparent like the presidents speech glass that he can see his speech and you can see through.

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August 28th, 1963

On this day, a Baptist minister from Atlanta Georgia stood up in front of a quarter of a million people, and said this: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But 100 years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.And so we've come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a cheque. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of colour are concerned. Instead of honouring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad cheque which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we've come to cash this cheque - a cheque that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.There will be neither rest nor tranquillity in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.The marvellous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights: "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied and we will not be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning: "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.But not only that.Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

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Lost larynx to cancer, now use electronic voice, battery powered. Feel it could be improved - refine electronics?

After losing my larynx to cancer last year, i now use an "electro larynx" (http://www.griffinlab.com/Products/TruTone-Electrolarynx.html) a great device which translates the vibrations my mouth makes when i "speak" with a rubber tube (the exact same as the one my dentist uses to extract excess saliva) in my mouth. The vibrations are transmitted somehow to a vibrating rubber disc inside a handheld device. There are a few other bits too technical for me to understand and describe, but the end result is an electrical voice a bit like Stephen Hawking's. The machine has a plastic disc built into the lid, held in place by a rubber gasket round the edge, which is made to be pressed against the underneath of the chin or the upper neck. When the laryngectomee speaks,  the vibrations of the throat cause the disc to vibrate, which in turn oscillates a small plastic rod underneath the centre of the disc. This rod runs through the centre of a rubber disc, which is vibrating at high speed because the laryngectomee also presses a button when (s)he speaks, causing it to do so. The vibrations somehow pick up the voice vibrations and turn it into electronic speech. Underneath the rubber disc is a some sort of coil of copper wire almost the full diameter of the machine, and there are 2 pieces of wire soldered into place , too. I don't have a clue about electronics or really anything, so i'm hoping someone out there can make sense of this mumbo jumbo. I'm sure that having a look at the website will help. As I said, normally the device is pressed under the chin, but my neck and chin are rock hard from having loads of surgery, so they don't vibrate - the clever people came up with the solution for people like me: a thick rubber cap fits over the top of the device with a hole through the middle, 5mm maybe. into that is inserted the piece of dentist tube i mentioned earlier. this somehow does the trick, and once more i have the miracle of speech! Now, as I said, this machine is amazing, and certainly beats having to write everything down. trouble is, it has a volume control wheel which is so difficult to get into the right spot, it goes from way too loud to almost inaudible. Now, having seen some of the stuff you guys come up with on here, and the apparently relative simplicity of the machine, i was wondering if anyone could come up with a solution to my quandry....Yours, speechless, Dave.

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What are those things called that people use for giving a speech like a TelePrompTer but 4 speeches that you can c thru Answered

What are those things called that people use for giving a speech that they can see threw but have text kind of like a teleprompter but for speeches.?

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Determining speech rate from audio

Hi, my name's Oli and I am a speech therapist - aka speech pathologist in US. I am looking for a way (e.g. an app) that can determine how fast someone is speaking, in realtime. This kind of biofeedback would be really useful for many people with communication disorders where learning to speak slower can help a lot (e.g. stuttering, dysarthria). I can also see it being useful for teaching public speaking to students etc.  Does anyone know of anything out there (hardware or app) that can do this? Or where I might find someone I could pay to develop this app?  Many thanks, Oli

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Is there any way that I can use Windows speech recognition with Microsoft sam?

I am building an android like robot that needs to be able to understand. i am using the recourses that are at my fingertips. I was wondering If I could use speech recognition with microsoft sam? I have windows vista. The only voice I can use is microsoft anna. Thank YOU! Robot Lover

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I need a 7-8 minute dramatic monologue!?

I'm in speech and 15, and i have come across a problem. i need a dramatic monologue (for a man) that lasts 8 minutes by next week. can anyone please help me! it would be preferable if it was from a book or play. duologue would be nice as well. thank you.

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Voice recognition

Does anyone else here use speech recognition? I just got my new vista, and discovered that there is a new speech recognition program. It's pretty good, I like it a lot. By the way, I came to instructables, started a new topic, and type this all with speech recognition.

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I need a really good How-To speech idea.... any ideas??

I dont care what kind of "how to" it is...i just need ideas please=DDD

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Friend of Instructables and Friend of Humanity Held in China

Long-time friend of Instructables James Powderly of GRL, FFFFFAT LAB and Throwies fame is currently reported to be held by the Chinese Government for over 24 hours without further word for planning a pro-Tibet LASER Tag event in Beijing. "James is proud to have been kicked out of the Synthetic Times new media art exhibition in Beijing because he wouldn't censor his little art project. James wonders why organizations like the MoMA, Parsons, Eyebeam, Ars Electronica and many other arts and cultural institutions around the world who claim to support free speech and expression would participate in a show like this. But they did! It was after being kicked to the curb by the show's curator that James connected with Students for a Free Tibet and decided he would go to China anyway and do what he though was right in support of Tibet, Taiwan, free speech and the people of China. James lives, if indeed he is alive, in the County of Kings, Brooklyn, and teaches at the Communication Design and Technology program at Parsons the New School for Design. I am James Powderly and I approve of this message."We wish the best to him and his family.This via Boing Boing.

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How do you create text to speech module for arduino?

I have a clock project, and I want a voice feature in it like it says the time by voice. how would I do that? There are some arduino shields available that can do this for me; however if I had to create one of my own, how would I do it? Do I have to cascade it on a strip board? If I do then what components do I need? and would cascading be cheaper than buying the arduino shield?

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Sarah Palin Resignation in Song

I wish all of her speeches were put to song like this.

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What Is Inspirational To You? (With examples plz)

I was wondering what is inspirational to you? Is it a sports figure? A speech? What? I'm curious..

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Spamming: Legalized in Virginia... Super Spammer walks free

"The right to engage in anonymous speech, particularly anonymous political or religious speech, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment," Agee wrote, citing a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case."By prohibiting false routing information in the dissemination of e-mails," the court ruled, Virginia's anti-spam law infringes on that protected right ."ISPs were outraged. "Horrendous," said Jon Praed of the Internet Law Group, which has represented America Online, Verizon and other Internet providers. "The idea that someone can intrude on someone else's mail server, because they might be reciting the Gettysburg Address? I guess a burglar can break into your home as long as they are reciting the Gettysburg Address." Link to the article....

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Really? P.T2

 Well, I guess that just about does it. You guys proved me wrong. Feel free to write a victory speech :)

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Speechbubble speakers

Hey guys and gals! I saw this cool speaker design on Yanko, speechbubble speakers. essentially two speakers in the form of speech-bubbles. (see link) So I was wondering how to go about making speakers in this style myself. Would I use two speech-bubble shaped pieces of wood with a cutout for a speaker, connect them with little wooden blocks and cover the sides in some sort of flexible wood and the front with black speaker fabrick and paint all the wood a glossy white or what? Would I be able to fold real plastic around the wooden sides, as it would be with the real speaker design? Or do you gals and guys have any other ideas? Images below!

Topic by Tinseltoy 


What thing is that red dust? Answered

I am seeing this video about forge welding, and it lacks of captions. Then, I can't understand a word of the speech. At minute 2:20 the smith takes a can containing a dark red dust. ¿what is it? THANKS, anglophones!

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How can I build an android head with no experience with electronics? Answered

  I've worked with LEDs and things before, using Instructables, but don't know how to use formulas related to that. But now I want to do a large scaled project, by leaping off the bridge, and having no clue what I'm doing. I'd like to build a robotic human head, a women, that uses a webcam for face recognition, a microphone for speech recognition, and a robotic jaw, to move to the speech.  SO, first, what programs can I use for the face recognition, and how can I use my computer for this, with out needing to use my computer as a permanent piece (A.K.A: A plug in, so I can use her when I feel like.) Two, how can I use the webcam for face recognition, programs. And three, not entirely needed, is a moving jaw, to match the rhythm of speech, if possible. BUT, I really DON'T want to spend money on those programs. A lot to ask, but can someone answer with a detailed explanation. Please don't show me this link: https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-an-Android-For-less-than-30/  No offence to the author, but I couldn't understand how it works, because it lacked detail on programs, and ect. 

Question by JohnJY   |  last reply


How can I split background noise and hiss from voice recording?

Taperecorded voice. Lots of background like aeroplane- and car noise, hissing when volume openened up. Only the speech needed.

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interview with a robot (new york times)

NY Times correspondent Amy Harmon chats with Bina48, a robot based on a researcher for artificial intelligence. The robot 'lives' a the Terasem Movement Foundation, Inc, located in Vermont. The robot comes complete with a database of memories for conversation, a peculiar speech cadence and creepy eyeballs to scare the children. [Link]

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Tongue and mouth model.

I work at a speech training center, and I need to illustrate how to make certain sounds. I thought the best way was to use an adjustable tongue and cheek model. Doesn't have to be a real replica of a tongue, just something to illustrate the tongue and cheek positions for different sounds. Needs to be adjustable. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Microwave transformer ballast

I recently got a working microwave transformer for free, it has unknown wattage, though. What's the best way to ballast it? Some people use lightbulbs, I'd rather not use lightbulbs cause that's almost as dangerous as the lightbulb it's self (I'm comfortable with the transformer, I'm not comfortable with a 500 watt lightbulb, ironic?) No saftey speeches, please, lol.

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Diy Intercom/Two-way with Arduino

Hallo Everybody, Hopefully I am posting this at the right place!? I dont have alot of experience wih arduino, so thats why I am asking here and I hope that someone can help!? The Scenario : My Parents in Law have a very old and very load campervan. They bought themselves each headphones/Headsets with active voice reduction wich helps alot with the noise in the Van but they cant communicate with each other.... The headphones came with a cable sothat you can connect it to a mobile phone with speech function.(Like a Headset for Skype..) Now my quiestion : Is it possible to connect the 2 Headphones/Headsets to something that is mounted stationary (<12V)  in the campervan sothat they can also use the speech function on the cable/Headset to communicate? Would it be able to do with arduino? How? I would appreciate any information! Thank You Ps. Hope my english isint too bad....

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How to push analog sound data to a Digital Text Display?

Trying to figure out the best way to build a Digital Text Display (DTD) for an analog device. The device is a phonetic word generator with a data output (normal 3.5mm aux out), and I can’t figure out the easiest way to push that info to be displayed onto an LCD screen. Arduino? Something I can build from PCB parts and an LCD screen? Any help is much appreciated. Can’t find a certain device that is rare but thought I could build the same device because it seems simple, yet I can’t find the proper tutorial. I’m a beginner in building devices like this. Thanks!

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The world needs ALL kinds of minds: dispelling the them versus us myth

Temple Grandin in a 20 minute speech on the Autistic Spectrum.  The need for a variety of input as well as output....rather then putting out. One can consider this as Self Hacking, if one wishes to incorporate a wider point of view. The video can be found here  

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Looking for the right type of switch to use....?

Hi, I'm trying to build something that might best be compared to a manually controlled speech timer with a green, yellow and red light. I only want one light on at a time, or all off. What is the best way to control this without having a single switch for each light? Am I describing something that would be classified as "single pole, quadruple throw?" Best place to find this switch? Thanks!

Question by Meeker46   |  last reply


Can someone help me with a step by step to allow Jasper to control GPIO pins?

I have Jasper up and running and have created a couple of basic speech modules but i cannot find out how to get it to use a module that needs root permission. i have read about import os but i do not know how to use it. Any help would be great.

Question by WilliamP6 


Maker Faire, Denver

May  3 + 4, 2014  at the National Western complex http://denvermakerfaire.com/ I'll be doing a live demo of my -ible "monkey hunter"  all weekend, and a speech about this build, and making in general on Saturday, 2pm. Some of the other madscientists will have robots, including autonomous ones, and a pedal powered excercise-bike-air-gun. Lots of other makers, too!         Dan

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I am willing to do a project on voice recognisation.Can you suggest a hardware to record the voice?

I am a CSE student willing to do a project on voice recognisation .The details of this project are given below.In this ,I am willing to record the speech, create a document and print the document.I know that this feature already exists, but i want to do it my self.So can you suggest how can i record the voice?

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How can you use microsoft mike on windows vista or 7?

Not being picky but no speakonia or software to download. Just a file with no viruses that can be run on windows 7 or vista. Let first priority be windows 7 because that's what my laptop runs. I hope one of you can find it.

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"Meow", the joke that never gets noticed!

    Okay, the joke I am going to be showing you is called "Meow".  It was invented by my brother in 8th grade, and it is absolutely hilarious! Oh, and by the by, you need to be able to keep a straight face for this joke, or it will not work.     So, the joke is very simple. You just insert a subtle "meow" into your sentence when you are talking to someone.  Example:     "Hey, man! How are you doing?"  "Oh, pretty good, meow."  "That's great."  "So, meow, umm, have you heard of the concert coming to town? meow."  "Yeah, I've heard of it."  "Are you going? meow."  "No, I can't."  "meow. Well, that sucks. meow. Well, I'm going to the concert. meow."  "Well, see you later, I have a bus to catch."  "Okay, meow. See you later!"      It really helps to make the pitch of the "meow"s to be the same as the sentence before or after.  My brother had to do a speech in front of the class, and he said "meow" FIFTY-TWO times in the the speech, and nobody noticed!

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I need to do a report on the rules,regulations, and everything about how to play cricket. Any knowledge or websites??

The report needs to be a How-To speech on playing cricket. Basically how to be safe when playing, what stores to get it from, what equipment you need, and how to play and understand the game. It has to be 5-6 minutes long which means it has to be brief but make the audience understand fully by the time I'm done. Any help would be most awesome. thanks

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My GA-965P-DS3/S3 has a single 2Gig RAM stick fitted. Has this doubled the bus memory (the manual isn't clear).

What's behind this question is that I'm going to shift from keyboard to dictation for reasons of disability. I'm told I need a lot more memory (not quantified) for speech. The board's max is 4Gig. I don't use my 'writing machine' for internet, just for MS Word and playing my my CDs top a headset, sometimes both at the same time.

Question by lotsofgriffons   |  last reply


Cardboard R2D2, Safely Fry a Turkey, Laser Etched Fingernails

Unbelievable Cardboard R2D2 Safely Fry a Turkey Laser Etched Fingernails Arduino-Controlled Indoor Garden Road Sign Stools NES Cartridge Router Dried Apple Chips Side-Accessible Crib The Shirt Skirt Romper from Mens Button Down Apple Cider The Sofa Suit Lord of the Rings Tower Cake Paper Mask of Your Own Head Nunchuck Text-To-Speech Hack Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

Topic by randofo 


anonymous Internet harassment is now a federal crime.

The Communications Act of 1934 criminalizes anonymous harassment by a telecommunications device. Congress recently amended the law to criminalize anonymous harassment via the Internet. Some argue that the law curtails freedom of speech. Perhaps. If someone is blogging or commenting anonymously about a private citizen in an obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or indecent manner with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass, it is actionable, according to the new law. But should someone have the freedom to do that? Apparently Congress doesnt think so. What do you think?

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Being a bird brain isn't so bad after all: Singing in the Brain...song birds n songs, people and speech...

Here is a bit of the article: ' Given the proper teachers and timing, most humans can learn to produce a seemingly infinite number of sounds and sound combinations. Such is not the case with most animals. In fact, only whales, dolphins, bats, and some birds are known to have the ability to learn vocalizations. Separate a kitten from its mother or other tutor, and its mew will be basically the same as that of its littermates--a pattern that holds true for the howl of a wolf, the grunt of a gorilla, and the whinny of a horse. The trait shared by song birds is even absent from our closest living relative: chimpanzees. Vocal learning has been repeatedly demonstrated in two bird orders, Passeriformes (specifically the oscine songbirds) and Psittaciformes (parrots), and is believed to occur in a third, the Trochiliformes (hummingbirds). By comparing brain structures in these three bird orders, which are widely separated from one another on the avian family tree, Rockefeller University biologist Claudio Mello and his colleague Erich Jarvis, of Duke University, have shown that the same areas that control song learning and production in songbirds and parrots are also present in hummingbirds, a finding that strengthens the case for vocal learning in the latter.'Singing in the Brain: the science of vocalization we share with song birds, but not with Chimps...

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The Constitution

Can I just say the consitution is dead in America? That it doesnt count for much anymore? Freedom to assemble-I dont think what the founders meant was freedom to apply for a permit to assemble. Right to bear arms-again i dont think that was fill out the application and never actually bear the arms, leave them locked in a cabinet in your house Pursuit of happiness-Is that not what the law  does, prevents people from doing what makes them happy. Are people going around saying 'What law could I break to make myself less happy'? Freedom of speech-I dont know about this one. I guess that's upheld pretty well.

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Need something to demonstrate in 3 minutes

For a class I'm taking, I need to make a speech in 3 minutes that demonstrates how to do something. It could be something very simple, but being the person that I am I want it to be at least mildly impressive. My hunch was to do something computing related with my eeepc and a projector, but that idea got nixed. I'm also interested in electronics, though, and I have a lot of stuff in my junk box. Anyway, I'm not asking anyone to do my work for me, this is more about presentation skills. But if you happen to have an idea of what I can do quickly and with minimal likelihood of failure I'd be eternally grateful.

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Resource: instructable monitor bot command line app

Hi all, If you are looking for a way to be notified when one of your instructables gets a spike in more views, I wrote couple different python command line apps for that exact purpose. The first displays a visual notification, speaks and announcement, and plays a beep whenever your tutorial gets X more views. You can customize X. The second uses email notifications instead of text to speech. The third command line app lets you customize the notification ringtone. Hope you find this useful! There'a a full tutorial here:  https://www.instructables.com/id/Instructable-Hit-Announcer-Bot/

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HAL 9000 Open Source Community Project - Announcement and Invitation

Goal:  Build a HAL 9000 Series Computer Specification:  "2001: A Space Odyssey" Website:  www.hal9000project.org Instructable coming soon I watching "2001: A Space Odyssey" the other night and I decided it would be cool to build one.  I've never managed a project this big, and don't plan to start doing it now, so hopefully people will step up and assume various roles and responsibilities.  A project like this needs a program manager, deputy program manager, project managers, systems engineers, software engineers, programmers, graphic designers, web developers,etc.  I'll assume the role of chief engineer and chief software architect.  Also needed are an admin for the sourceforge project, and a webmaster for hal9000project.org.  I don't plan on having any special rules or regulations, I'm just throwing this out there to see what comes of it.  It could end up in a hairball of chaos, or it could evolve into a smooth running machine, although I suspect nobody will join in and it'll be just me with nobody watching. This is not a far fetched pipe dream.  The IBM Watson has already beaten the reigning champion on Jeopardy. I'll be defining all the individual subprojects such as the speech recognition function, lip reading function, speech synthesizer (it will have the exact voice used in the movie,) facial recognition function, voice recognition function, object recognition, various other artificial intelligence functions, neural network, physical mockup, physical prototype, software simulation, etc. There is a distinct possibility of getting government funding and along with commercial grants, therefore, some people could theoretically carve a full time job out of this.  That would work for me.

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Instructables Drawing Contest

Hey everyone. I really like the instructable robot and like drawing different pictures of it. One has him giving a speech were the president should be. Anyways my idea was that we could have a contest where people draw pictures of the instructables robot. I really want to know what others think about it. Please reply. UPDATE: Hey everyone. Another instructables member, ChrysN, and I are hosting a contest. WE are almost ready. The prizes are lots of patches, and free pro membersip (1 year I believe). So please spread the word. P.S if we dont get a lot of entries within the allowed time period we will extend the end date (so tell EVERYONE)

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How to improve my public speaking and interviewing skills? Answered

Much to my surprise I've been doing a fair number of media interviews lately. (TV, radio, podcast)  I'm not really happy with the way that I sound.  I either sound a bit scatterbrained or uncertain.  I meander, give run-on sentences, finish different sentences than I start, etc.  This happens even if I get the questions in advance. Usually the interviews are taped and the editors work hard to make me sound coherent, but even then my speech is full of pauses, "um"s and "ah"s.  I'd like to break myself of the habit.  So any hints, tips, ways to practice and/or relax more?

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