This is how I use my own talking chatbots to make standard talking toys and gadgets from the toystore speak endangered, dead, and science fiction languages with me.
This instructable will show you how to make a talking deer head from 'gemmy' to be controlled by any chatbot.
Step 1: Requirements
1. Any Computer with Keyboard, Speaker, and Aux. input.
2. A Talking Chatbot.
3. Any Animatronic/Robotic Talking Head or Gadget that has an aux. jack. If it also lipsyncs, that can be even more fun (or a nnoying).
4. Hammer, Nails, Solid Wall above your computer, to hang your Talking Deer Head on. I removed the horns from my talking Buck, as shown below.
5. Electrical Outlet close to where you will be hanging Buck.
6. A pack of your favorite Bubble Gum. It helps me to think and can come in handy for quickly hanging things on the wall and such.
7. Some friends that will cheer you and your chatbot on. This is much more fun if someone is around to see you gleefully giggling with your new animatronics buddy.
Step 2: Start Your ChatBot
Fire up your chatbot and make sure you can hear its responses.
PandoraBots.com also provides you with a simple and fast way to run your own TTS chatbots. http://www.PandoraBots.com
AliceBot.org provides one of my personal favorites; ProgramD. ProgramD lets you run your own chatbots on your own web server. If you want some simple TTS codes for your chatbots webpage, you can find some in the book titled: Build Your Own Army of Web Bots within 24 Hours by Monica Lamb.
Once your chatbot is running and you have verified that it is responding to you with Text to Speech responses, it is time for you to plug in your animatronics. You should be able to HEAR your chatbots responses.
Step 3: Hang Up Your Talking Deer Head
Hang up your talking trophy buck and make sure it is working correctly.
Pull Buck out of its Box. I removed my Buck's Horns, because my chatbot in this demo has a Mohawk Language Female Voice and Buck does care about his image. My husband argued for Buck, stating that any respectable Buck would not appreciate being looked upon as a femme Buck or a femme bot. I do not wish to disrespect my plastic Buck friend, so mine is now a respectable Mohawk talking Doe. Perhaps I will add some lipstick to complete the transformation.
Hammer a nail into the wall where you wish to hang Buck.
Be sure there is an electrical outlet close to where you hang Buck.
Hang Buck on your Wall and Plug him into the electrical outlet.
Use the microphone that comes with Buck to test him out and have some fun.
Step 4: Connect Buck to Your Talking ChatBot
A long aux. wire is included with Buck. Both ends of this cord are the same and look like the photo below.
Plug one end of the wire into the Aux. on the right side of Buck.
Plug the other end of the wire into the Aux. outlet in your pc. It is usually outlined with Green.
Use your computer and say hello to your chatbot from its webpage.
Voila, Buck should be lip synching, talking, and moving as your chatbot responds with speech, to your text input.
If you are anything like me, you are now giggling with glee as you have a meaningful conversation with Buck about his friends in the forest.
Step 5: TroubleShooting
If your Buck, animatronic, robot, talking toy is not lip synching or moving with your Chatbot's responses, do the following:
â¢ Check to make sure that the Aux. wire is plugged into the correct outlet in your PC
â¢ Check to make sure the Aux. wire is plugged into the Aux. at the side of Buck.
â¢ Make sure you can HEAR the responses coming from your chatbot on your pc. If you can not hear anything, it is likely that Buck is not 'hearing' anything either.
â¢ Final Resort; send me an email.