CATEGORY: Entertainment/ Singer / A.I.
APPROACH AND OVERALL DESIGN:
Robot Betty9 is an expensive life-size android/ humanoid type of robot. She is an entertainment robot with A.I. and voice I/O.
She has “sung” at various venues in Southern California. Her singing voice is computer generated using a product called “Vocaloid.”
She was built from a plastic mannequin that I had purchased in NYC.
Her mouth does not open, rather there are several LEDs that flash in sync with her voice. I use a “color organ” board which feeds into an Arduino microcontroller.
Her neck turns left and right and nods forward and backward. Her arms use servo motors for the shoulders and elbows. I have not yet animated her wrists nor fingers.
Images Credit: Thomas Messerschmidt
Her legs are not articulated yet, so to move her around, I built her a pair of power rollerskates. The locomotion was created and run with VEX, gears, servo motors, and a VEX microcontroller.
Her other articulated joints are run with standard servos and a BASIC Stamp2 microcontroller.
Her A.I. is run on a PC running windows XP and a very custom version of “Leaf A.I. Robot” software.