Can you figure out how to make the arms and legs with no budget?
In your garage.
Buy some cans of foam insulation, and spray it into a mold that you made by covering some scrawny kid's arms and legs with a plaster cast. A son or
daughter or neighbor's kid whatever.
Keep in mind you do not want a metal skeleton though, you want it safe enough to poke a kid in the eye.
SO you want a flexible safe thin pvc or similar. And forget about fingers at first. Too many servos.
He or she will have to wear gloves and have pinching grasp only and really no strength to their grip at all.
Except to maybe pick up a chess piece or some light weight prop.
But you can dress them! And so can your potential buyers.
Providing the clothes are so lightweight they hardly weigh anything at all. Super lightweight fabric.
If you want the robot to converse with you informally, then you need to program it to do that.
And it is not an easy task. Lots of AI attempts like this have been made. Look up the Turing Test as an example.
But what it would look like is the software thinks, and how it thinks is it plans what to say if you ask a certain question.
So the software needs to know the basics of simple sentence structure. Then it needs to have the capacity to form a sentence and it can steal one from
the net and use it if it knows where and how to look up a key word.
Lets look up something in Wikipedia and assume that the first main sentence is what we are looking for or the first paragraph, and lets pretend that
if it hears you ask a question on that word, the robot will read the first paragraph to you.
So lets make pretend conversation with our robot and test this idea...
So Sam, do you know anything about tree forts?
So then here is the WIki link that came up on key word tree fort
Tree houses, treehouses, or tree forts, are platforms or buildings constructed around, next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more
mature trees while above ground level. Tree houses can be used for recreation, work space, habitation, observation or as temporary retreats.
Sounds like robot talk to me.
Lets hear Bridget say it, so copy that text and paste it into Bridget's demo box. Bridget and all sorts of voices are in all the usual places on the
net where you find things you want BTW.
Now if you want a more heated conversation than one you might expect from DATA on Star Trek Next Gen. then maybe you are not prepared for the actual
amount of work that you would need to do in order to tell it what to say if it hears anything under the sun.
So you want to avoid the open ended conversation. So if you want it to converse, then it needs to be steering the conversation. And it needs to make
it fairly short and sweet.
It can talk about the weather because weather has a limited set of variables.
It could not talk philosophy.
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