Twittering teddy bear

This may be the deathblow that kills Nabaztag: using text-to-speech software, this animatronic bear speaks a Twitter stream aloud and in real time.

The gurus at My Home 2.0 made the bear talk by replacing its integrated circuit board with an Arduino loaded with custom software. A Bluetooth audio adapter was added as a channel for the bear’s voice, and a circuit with an H bridge chip was added to address power issues. The Arduino translates the income audio signal into movement. From there the process moved to the computer that feeds the bear audio data, they parse the Twitter stream and use OSX’s built in “say” command to generate the voice stream that’s sent to the bear via Bluetooth.

Comments

  1. micah says:

    careful to all animals
    (never washing spiders down the plughole),
    keep in contact with old friends
    (enjoy a drink now and then),
    will frequently check credit at
    (moral) bank (hole in the wall),
    favors for favors,
    fond but not in love,
    charity standing orders,
    on Sundays ring road supermarket
    (no killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants),
    car wash
    (also on Sundays),
    no longer afraid of the dark or midday shadows
    nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate,
    nothing so childish – at a better pace,
    slower and more calculated,
    no chance of escape,
    now self-employed,
    concerned (but powerless),

    roxs.

  2. micah says:

    firsties

  3. Louis says:

    Yikes.
    I think we just watched a verison wireless ad there..

    What is happening to hackaday?
    :-/

  4. Thanks for featuring our Twittering Teddy project – after you mentioned it, it really took off in traffic.

    If anyone is interested in bidding, the charity eBay auction for Teddy is now live:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/ebayisapi.dll?viewitem&item=280236367728

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