X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

DIY Text-to-Speech Teddy Ruxpin: Creepy Ruxpin

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

It may no longer be the cheapest chip on the block, but Next Thing Co.’s C.H.I.P. is still a pretty good computer. But in this case, it’s been used for a very bad mod. Next Thing Co.’s software and hardware developer Andrew Langley used it to extend a Teddy Ruxpin’s speech feature, allowing it to say anything you want. Like, “Hi kids! I’ll eat you as soon as you fall asleep”, or “Trump for President.”

teddy_ruxpin_c.h.i.p._text_to_speech_by_next_thing_co_1zoom in

Put simply, Andrew used C.H.I.P. to take over the speaker as well as the jaw and eye motors of a used Teddy Ruxpin. He then wrote a Python program that sets up a local web page where you can type text or search for and copy a tweet via your Twitter account. A free text-to-speech synthesizer called eSpeak then turns the text into a WAV file.

teddy_ruxpin_c.h.i.p._text_to_speech_by_next_thing_co_2zoom in

Aside from playing the resulting WAV file on the stuffed toy’s speaker, Andrew’s program analyzes the WAV file to time the jaws’ movement: “If the audio level is loud, the motors in the jaw will activate, opening the bear’s mouth. If it’s quiet, it will close. Mouth synchronization makes it magical.” Here’s the result:

Head to Make: or Hackster to read Andrew’s instructions. Happy Halloween in advance.

[via Make:]

Hot Deals in the Technabob Shop:



More from Awesomer Media...

Simone’s Beer Robot

Simone’s Beer Robot

Leather Pocket Knife Tool Roll

Leather Pocket Knife Tool Roll

Vanda Dendrobium Is Singapore’s EV Hypercar

Vanda Dendrobium Is Singapore’s EV Hypercar

Timeless Kustoms’ Vicious ’65 Ford Mustang Has 1000 Horses

Timeless Kustoms’ Vicious ’65 Ford Mustang Has 1000 Horses

Takara Tomy Optimus Primal Supreme Commander Action Figure

Takara Tomy Optimus Primal Supreme Commander Action Figure

Mezco Thundercats Mega Scale Lion-O and Mumm-Ra Action Figures

Mezco Thundercats Mega Scale Lion-O and Mumm-Ra Action Figures

Advertisement