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Hints of new things...

posted Jul 23, 2012, 11:50 PM by Galen Raben   [ updated Aug 4, 2012, 12:31 PM ]
Updated 8/4/2012

A preview of some new things coming to DroidBuilder.com!

So what is this? At the bottom of the above photo is the StampDuino board I recently picked up from Parallax.com But what is prototyped up above? Yes - it is soon to be a new product - one I call the RoboVoice Shield. This is based on SpeechChips.com new SP0-512 RoboVoice chip!

Above is a preliminary SketchUp rendering of the new shield. As you can see there are a lot of parts missing from my SketchUp library...

So what will this new shield offer? It offers many of the text-to-speech capabilities of my SpeakJet TTS Shield kits at a slightly lower price than I have been able to offer before (essentially combines the TTS and the SpeakJet chips into one IC). Many of your old SpeakJet Shield TTS sketches can be easily modified for the new board. It also offers easy pitch control, which allows you to easily change voices on the fly. This board can easily be made to sing in a semi-robotic voice.  I've also improved the board itself so it can be more flexible in your projects. You will note in the image above I now have a small prototyping area as well as a "universal header" and the possibility of 5V or 3.3V operation which allows this shield to easily be used in non-Arduino based projects (note: at this time 3.3V is available through the Arduino headers only). Note that this chip, unlike the SpeakJet chip, does not offer sound effects (although you should be able to make some interesting noises out of various speech phonemes).

I will be posting alternate code for both the Arduino and  Stamp BS2 for all my products soon (yup- Arduino, Stamp BS2, maybe others?).

8/4/2012 updates: SpeechChips has posted another nice RoboVoice video - this time a Parallax BoeBot; again singing Daisy Bell (hints of HAL from the movie "2001 a Space Odyssey")!

BTW Parallax now has a new BoeBot kit with a shield for the Arduino!

I expect to have my first batch of RoboVoice Shield boards in very shortly!

BoeBot with RoboVoice

Look for the RoboVoice Shield kit to appear in the DroidBuilder Store soon!