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Talking Fish

01 Jan 2004 . Category . Comments #research #robots #hardware #nlp #discourse

I was given a Big Mouth Billy Bass as a gag gift.

picture of fish

I decided to modify it so that I could “puppet” it from a computer.

Eventually, this led to connecting it to AutoTutor, with speech recognition, for an embodied tutor fish.

Here is the source code for the basic puppeting.

This same code can be used to puppet virtually any kind of novelty animatronic.

In this case I used a parallel port relay card, but there are many other possible ways to connect a PC to such an animatronic.