I go by IRobot58(Glen) and reside on Salt Spring Island . The EZ-Robot product is simply amazing ,working with the ARC only up to this point. DJ Sures has really opened up the world of DIY robotics for every size of robot. He really brings out the Dr.Frankenstein in all of us (in a good way) wanting to develope a fun entertaining , engaging autonomous Sidekick! WallE C3PO and other media robots have certanily inspired DJ and the rest of US to pursue creating a Sidekick.
My sidekick(not a friend, or pet, or toy, or tool) is called FRED for Friendly Robot Entertainment Droid. It will be Entertaining by chatting( speech recognition and wave file responses to engage me or anyone else) playing music via voice command, reading out RSS feeds, shortstories, wikki info. FRED will have 12 Astrology personalitys because I am somewhat familiar with them and they ARE for entertainment. Each "sign" will have 3 random statements followed by a question which I can respond with yes no or maybe then which it can continue the thread followed by a question ..or not etc.
The 12 Random personalitys and three statements will create a psudo intelligence and somewhat spontanious , never boring Droid. I wont know what character will show up or what(of the 3 statements and following thread will begin). With DJ 's Easy windows Script and randomizing of outputs......I am simply loving it! Of course there is a ton of data input but thats like creating a book or anything else of creative work.
Then theres the physical presence! My vision and desire will to start with a "head" that has a moving jaw, eyelids, eyeballs and neck. Adding an arm and platform? will come later. Of course it will have a camera for face recognition(thanks AGAIN DJ ) It all sound very ambitious I know but reading other fellow robotist and their WONDERFUL creative "Sidekicks' I am definately INSPIRED! whew thats it for now..back to the lab
PS I am looking forward to develping Glyph recognition(thanks DJ ) furthur to communicate with the robot via SIGN LANGUAGE..is that crazy or what...Voice recognition is still developing...but sign language recognition..hmmm