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Walter 2.1 Walter Gets His Voice!

*** Update 9.27.09 ***


 Well, it has happened! Walter has gotten his voice... I was a bit surprised however, he is American made but is English brains still remember thier origins it seems! Who knew that Walter was English?

Watch the top video...



Hey Folks,

I know it has been a while since my last Walter update. Been busy. This is really not quite a proper post, with tons of details, but really, I just need to get something up. The video is pretty self-explanatory and I will have another one up soon showing the remote. 

For past Walter posts:

Go Here

Go Here

That's it for now --Some pictures below and more soon.

--Hey Frits, Now that I finally did an update post, does you offer still stand? (Will Walter ever talk?)



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I see about a walk through on the ipod thing soon.
i am going to make a butler-ish robot. Basically he will just be rude. The ipod seems like the best way to get it to talk. Just waiting on the walkthrough ;)
I like the idea of a rude robot!
Very nice, Walter sounds like a classy butler.
Which, frankly, makes me nervous.
It's always the butler, you know.

Man! I'm totally loving this project!
IMHO this is becoming one of the most cool and complex projects here on LMR!  Congrats CTC   ;)
Waiting for more uptades  ;)

Hey CTC, what are those new eyes Walter has? Are they just for aesthetics?
Yup, they don't do a damn thing... Each is a red and blue LED with brightness controlled through PWM.

Nice work Chris. As always - another AWESOME posting!

Nice eyes. I may have to steal borrow the idea. :-) Put the eyes on a box and you almost have Wall-E!

Anyway, I didn't see mention (or maybe I just missed it) of what speech syth you are using, or are you using one of those record/playback chips? A bot with a Brit-butler accent - what a hoot!!

Anyway, thanks for sharing!


Your Walter is definitely very cool and quite a bit more advanced than my W.A.L.T.E.R. at present.  I'll have to see what I can do in my v2.0 rebuild now. :D
I re-watched your video - I realized you had interfacing to the I-Pod and fetching pre-recorded tracks for Walter's speech. I somehow missed that first time I watched. Quite clever! So Walter could have any voice you desire... anything from a HAL voice to Alvin & the Chipmunks. Nice!