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Talking LEGO robot skull reciting movie lines


The video on the right is just a 360 degree view of the talking LEGO robot skull.

Also testing the simple programmable platter that the head is being displayed on.

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Project Overview

Basic workflow that created this LEGO ABOMINATION:

  • LEGO Mindstorms NXT programmable bricks were used to control the motors, the lighting of the eye, and to PLAY BACK each recorded SYLLABLE of the individual movie lines.
  • A first generation MacBook. Apple Macintosh Text to Speech technology was used to translate TEXT of the movie lines to audible machine SPEECH.
  • AppleScript and Script Editor. Used to help select the default Macintosh Text to Speech VOICES and to read the movie lines.
  • WireTap Studio. Fantastic application used to record Macintosh System sounds as the movie lines were being translated from Text to Speech.
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro. The actual movie lines recited by the talking LEGO robot Skull had to be isolated to individual syllables.
  • wav2rso. A Perl script that converts *.wav files to *.rso files playable on the Mindstorms NXT brick.
  • A first generation Tablet PC. Used to download the programs and the individual syllables of the movie lines (*.rso files) onto the Mindstorms NXT brick using the LEGO NXT-G programming environment.
  • A cheap consumer point and shoot digital camera captured all VIDEO and pictures.
  • Final Cut Pro 5. Used to QUICKLY edit this whole MESS. Currently, all the videos (and images) are initial TEST shots. Sorry, I rushed to document this project so that I could move on...

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Page 1

  • Video: "I'll be back."

Page 2

  • Project Overview
  • Video: 360 degree spin

Page 3

  • Preparation
  • Video: Nice night for a walk.

Page 4

  • LEGO Building, ARTOO...
  • Video: No thanks.

Page 5

  • Building Reference
  • Video: another 360 degree spin

Page 6

  • LEGO Wood-handled Ice Pick
  • Video: Smells like a Dead Cat. (PG-13)

Page 7

  • More Props
  • Video: another 360 degree spin

Page 8

  • Macintosh Text to Speech
  • Video: ID theft

Page 9

  • NXT Brick Onboard Sound
  • Video: "Its NOT, a tumor!"

Page 10

  • Tablet PC and NXT-G
  • Video: Later... in SPANISH

Page 11

  • Talking LEGO Terminator - Happy Halloween!
  • Video: Happy Halloween!

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