This program will introduce the participant to the basics of Arduino microcontrollers, breadboards, electronics, programming and robotics. They will learn about analog and digital inputs and outputs, basic sensors, motors, and building an obstacle avoidance robot using the Sparkfun Inventor's Kit version 4.1. This workshop is at the novice level but will require participants to get the kit on their own and do the pre-work.
Did you ever want a talking chicken sidekick that only responds in chicken-speak? How about a monster that can let you know the weather in grunts and growls? Then this workshop is for you!
In this workshop we will create a basic animatronic with a full featured voice assistant. The character will be able to respond to a simple voice command and include an animation (a mouth that moves, eyes blinking, etc).
Our goal is to develop a MVP ("Minimum Viable Product") then later refine the concept. We wont go too deep into any particular area. Instead giving you working knowledge of each task and by the end of it you will be able to expand this project with new features.
Material and Parts walkthrough
Hardware setup and preparation
Building the character
Programming animations to a 6-channel Pololu Maestro servo controller
Voice assistant overview with Mycroft
Voice skill development overview and basic setup
Creating a simple voice skill
Using custom responses in your voice skills
Triggering animations to servo controller from voice skill
Show and tell
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