Robots, Toys, Speech Recognition – Voice Controlled Robosapien

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Many Robosapien owners love to talk to their favorite robot. Now, with the help of the Robosapien Dance Machine project and the CMU Sphinx speech recognition engine, he is listening.

Robot fun took a quantum leap forward today when voice recognition was added to the Robosapien Dance Machine, the power scripting program for making your own Robosapien dances, videos, and comedy skits. Thanks to the power of Carnegie Mellon University’s Sphinx speech recognition engine, Robosapien robot owners can now control their favorite robot with just their voice.

Robosapien Dance Machine, a free open source project hosted by SourceForge, is a richly featured, drag and drop graphical design environment for making your own scripts to control your robot. Within minutes, even a novice computer user can make their own comedy sketches, videos, and other tricky performances. The software was used in the making of the now infamous Robosapien Rap video. With the recent upgrade of voice control, Robosapien owners can now interact with their little friend in a whole new way.

Why voice recognition? Robert Oschler, lead developer on the project, had this to say “I was browsing through SourceForge’s database of open source projects, when I was astonished to find that the Sphinx voice recognition engine had been released as a free open source project. Since I have professional speech recognition experience, it was impossible to pass up this opportunity to show the world what this engine can do, and in a way that was tremendous fun for all Robosapien owners.”

A short entertaining video of the robot being controlled by voice is available at:

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Robosapien Dance Machine download page:
Technical Support forum:
Robosapien Experts Corner:
Robosapien Rap Video:
CMU Sphinx home page:
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