Corporate Companion

About: Hi, we’re Dane & Nicole, two makers that create stuff, which we happily share with you!

We're going to build the ultimate business accessory, a robot companion for all your corporate needs.
Including inspirational quotes and buzzwords!

Overview
Below a quick overview of the content.

  • Introduction and showcase video
  • Suitcase
  • Personality
  • Movement
  • Voice
  • Result
  • Code

Supplies:


  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • Adafruit Mini External USB Stereo Speaker
  • MG995
  • Powerbank
  • Plastic ornament balls
  • Felt furniture pads
  • Spraypaint
  • Popsicle stick
  • Tie
  • Hot glue gun (generic)
  • Tape, Duct

Step 1: Introduction and Showcase Video

Step 2: Suitcase

Every accomplice needs a body, in this case an old suitcase.

It has two advantages, it’s plain and professional looking, and there are plenty of cheap ones available in second hand stores!

Step 3: Personality

Believe it or not, some personality is required.
A pair of eyes and a nice mustache will do the trick.
We make the eyes out of clear plastic ornament balls.
Spray painting the inside gives them a nice glossy look and adding some felt furniture pads as pupils finishes them off.

Step 4: Movement

Our buddy should be able to move.
A servo is able to move the lid up and down, giving it a very natural, talking look.

Step 5: Voice

The final step is giving him a voice.
Writing some must have soundbites and using this text-to-speech service leaves us with some very neat mp3s.
All that is left to do is plugging in a USB speaker and setting it as the default audio device.

Step 6: Result

And there you have it, a corporate friend to give you meaningful advice and help you get through the toughest of meetings!

Step 7: Code

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