Antonn started off as Lilian. She had the ability to move through the family room, react using voice commands, speak, and amuse as requested. She had a camera mounted under her nose, and eyes that moved, followed via tracking etc. Her arms were originally borrowed from Jd, but were replaced with a weak copy of “Poppy’s” arms. The arms were modified to use Standard Servos instead of the strong dynamixel servos. Being a prototype, she has been stored away and may come back as “Antonnett” some day if, Antonn decides to retire.
Due to a Halloween project called Madame Ninndo, which was developed using an Ez Robot's EZBv4, the idea for Antonn came to be.
Lilian gave up her life for now. Modifications to the mask were made to allow jaw movement. The original easter egg eyes are replaced with doll eyes, giving a better look. (pun intended)
The scripting is a continuing process. Antonn currently can respond to about 30 plus phrases, turn on lights and appliances,(using old technology built before Alexa). He also uses Alexa to perform duties he is to lazy to do because “she is very helpful”. He will soon operate and interact with my R2D2 and Minion Stuart.
A video will come, but my video graphic skills are lousy. I will plan a time soon to have a conversation with Antonn and record it.
The computer I normally use doesn’t have Win 10 installed yet, so the new plugins are not able to run with him yet. I will install the upgrade soon and see how he converses with cloud power.
List of Materials
2 Masks from craft store
1 foam head (sized to fit with mask)
1 Sheet of 1/8” foam board
1 Mixing bowl for base
2 Plastic eggs which are changed to plastic doll eyes
3 Micro servos with hardware
1 Ez robot lever servo
1 Ez Robot standard rotation servo
1 Ez Robot mounting plate
1 optional 3d printed support washer for standard rotation servo
misc hardware, screws, push rod, nuts etc.
2 Ez Robot IoTiny with hardware
1 Ez Robot camera
1 Scary Terry sound board (to drive jaw servo)
1 terminal strip
1 optional 3 station remote control board and outlets
1 optional relay board (to operate remote)
1 converted computer power supply for 5vdc and 12vdc
1 set computer speakers
1 9vdc power supply for Scary Terry board (to be replaced by DC to DC adjustable converter)
1 Audio cable and socket
misc wire,connectors, etc
I will update the list if I forgot anything.
Questions or suggestions appreciated
And Anton can ask podcast hosts questions Thanks for the question and I hope my answer was complete enough for him.
Thank you David, from both of us... Yes, we are planning to go forward using a Latte Panda.
Antonn and Ron
Interesting project. Looking forward to see some videos. Great job.
@PhG, Thanks for the compliment. I promise videos will come. My work has gotten me busy again.
I wanted to share the assembly. It was a simple build. The idea is when Will's Alan becomes available, much effort will be easy to transfer over.
Really nice project! This is what I would like to build myself...a stationary robot to interact with!
I always liked those Poppy arms too!
Why is it you are prefering the Scary Terry board to the EZ-Builders Talk Servo? It seems to be at lot of extra effort to set up!
Keep up the good work, a clip with live action would be awesome!
Thank you for the compliment.
Yes a stationary head is fun to work with. I still need to add more features and abilities to him. It is a lot of fun to see him interact with my Echo Dot.
The Poppy arms may come out to the project bench again now that Dj has given us the new servos. Lack of power and "buzzing" was one of the reasons I never went further with them. I will be getting some servos soon and see what they do.
I have had good luck with the Scary Terry boards in the past. Very simple to use. I have heard the EZ Robot talk servo needs a lot of tuning to operate correctly. The board is installed and working so I want to use it. My only issue is not wanting to run an extra wire to the base for the power to run it. @ptp has given me suggestions but I really want to go back to a simple set regulator. Looking through some notes, I found information on a LM7908 regulator. I may try getting one and build it. I just need a schematic. If it works I should be all set.