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Speaking with Emotion

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This past week I made my Hack-A-Thon project to add MaryXML a valid input for speech inside of MyRobotLab.  I decided to add this to improve the capabilities of MarySpeech inside MRL.  MaryXML allows the input of markup language that allows the voice to be modified in the middle of the file. 

Seasons Greetings from Junior

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Hope this works... I know I should read the tutorial on this and get it to embed properly... I will if this doesn't work

Getting No Recognition: OpenCV/Face Recognition/OSX(Mac)

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So I have been trying to get face recognition working for a couple weeks now.  I burned up my first LifeCam HD-3000 with a crappy USB Hub, it also took out my Xbox Kinect 360, it was dark days...  I was able to get a new Kinect the same day for $25 from a local game store, I had to order a new LifeCam which came yesterday.  So I started up this work again.  The issue I have been having is that when I attempt to train via the OpenCV feed it does not populate photos into the training folder.

First attempt at a major amount of soldering

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Well, I was a bit intimidated on soldering Junior's mouth. I have been putting it off but it was time to give it a try. I used these little boards that fit perfectly in his mouth. I tried soldering across a whole row, that went terribly, the rest went only marginally better. I had a bit of a successful response when I tested it initially, but now nothing... so now I am pouting and going to watch Chappie for a little inspiration. Hmmm, can't seem to paste the link to the YouTube video... Guess my luck still hasn't changed...

Persistence is worth while

Testing of Junior's speech components before I do some soldering

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So I am to the point where I need to solder the LED displays to the board that actually fits in Junior's head. I did a much smaller test, but then couldn't leave it alone. So, I taught Junior to sing some Beastie Boys. I think it will be much more impressive when he is assembled and I add the emotional responses.