2 sessions starting on Sep 18
What You'll Do:
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
Skill Level:Learners should have: Basic knowledge of Raspberry Pi Linux command terminal usage Basic knowledge of Python (sample code will be provided) Basic knowledge on installing applications in Windows
Skills you will learn:Character concepting Programming Voice Skill with Mycroft and Python
What You'll Need:
- Pololu 6-channel Maestro
- Craft foam (various colors)
- Hot glue gun
- Raspberry Pi 3B and appropriate power supply and SD card loaded with Raspbian installed
- USB Audio Adapter
- External Microphone
- External Speaker
- Windows computer (used to program sequences on the Maestro)
- Hobby Servos (small 9g)
- Piano wire 1mm
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nose pliers
About your Facilitator:With over 18 years in digital development and management, I am a seasoned hybrid of creative and technical abilities. Founder of Masterful Creations STEAM Academy, a consultancy/service provider promoting STEAM education and the Maker mindset.
With over 18 years in digital development and management, I am a seasoned hybrid of creative and technical abilities. As a leader and an educator, I enjoy spreading technical knowledge to peers, clients, and my students.
I am the founder of Masterful Creations STEAM Academy, a consultancy/service provider promoting STEAM education and the Maker mindset.Follow them at: