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TMesserschmidt

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Robot builder. A.I. programmer and speaker. Author. Father of one girl, and many, many robots! and 1. Founder and current president of the Riverside Robotics Society. The RRS is a club with over 500 online members and over 50 local members offering classes, contests, and lectures in robotics. 2. Founder of the Riverside Robot Expo Event 3. Riverside Robot Expo event coordinator for six years 4. Writer for the number one robotics magazine Servo Magazine 5. Member and past club officer of the Robotics Society of Southern California 6. Member of the Tech Room robotics club in San Bernardino 7. Robotics teacher and lecturer for over 9 years (private lessons) 8. Founder of www.robots-and-androids.com, a web site and eBay store 9. Creator of the life-like humanoid robot, an “Alexa” avatar, called Robot Betty9 10. Ex-employee of Nolan Bushnell’s Androbot robotics company 11. Provider of animatronic software and hardware for the film industry 12. A.I. lecture for Claremont Lincoln University, Claremont, CA 13. CEO Space graduate 14. Programmer for American Honda 15. A.I. “chatbot” programmer 16. Alexa (Amazon Echo) programmer 17. 5000 Facebook followers and friends, Thomas (AKA “Riv Artoo”) 18. Founder of the California Institute of Robotics, an institution offering seminars and lectures in robotics and artificial intelligence. http://californiainstituteofrobotics.org Past speaking engagements include: Claremont Lincoln University, Riverside Robotics Society, Robotics Society of Southern California, Riverside Robot Expo, OC Mini Maker Faire, Star Wars Reads Day, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Achievements

  • 2012-04-20 - Joined Synthiam
  • 2012-04-20 - Joined First Discussion
  • 2012-04-20 - Created First New Discussion
  • 2012-10-28 - Posted First Project Showcase
  • 2012-11-20 - Created First Robot App
  • 2014-10-09 - Connected ARC to cloud
  • 2017-12-11 - Shared First Video
  • 2017-12-11 - Shared First Photo
  • 2018-03-28 - Used Bing Speech Recognition
  • 2018-03-28 - Used Cognitive Text Sentiment Service
  • 2018-03-28 - Used Cognitive Face Service
  • 2018-03-28 - Used Cognitive Vision Service
  • 2018-03-30 - Used Cognitive Emotion Service
  • 2021-04-29 - Posted First Tutorial

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Switch / Case Statement

I am neck deep  in programming my "Simone" robot. I know that I can use multiple or nested if/elseif/then statements, but what would really make my life easier would be a "switch / case statement." By the way, what programming language was EZ Script based on?
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OTHER: Using ARC Without Internet Access?

OTHER: Using ARC Without Internet Access?

If I am out demonstrating my robot and there is bad internet service or even no internet service, how would I run ARC? Does ARC REQUIRE...
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How To Use "Prosody Contour" In Speech Synthesis

You have exposed most of the prosody features (pitch, emphasis, rate, volume, break, phonemes)  and I am thrilled that they all work perfectly! Thank you. I enjoy using them to vary my robot's voice. Still, there is one feature that is only partially exposed and that is "prosody contour. " When I attempt to use prosody contour, the voice is lowered...
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What Is The Difference Between "Pauselistening"  And "Stoplistening"

What Is The Difference Between "Pauselistening" And "Stoplistening"

I have been using these two commands together, one following the other in my scripts....
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How To Duplicate Robot Skills?

How To Duplicate Robot Skills?

How can I duplicate skills, especially scripts so that I can easily reuse my code? Unfortunately, as is, This requires me to open the script editor for a...
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Public Checkbox On New Tutorial Is Grayed Out.

I created a new tutorial but I can't seem to make it public. The public box is not enabled. What am I doing wrong?
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Is There Any Way To Detect If The Bing Speech Recognition Is "Paused"?

Is there any way to detect if the Bing Speech Recognition is "paused" or not? Alexa lights up LEDs when she is "listening". I wanted to write a script to light an LED that tells me when Bing is listening--the pause button is off, but I see no variables available for Bing's "Pause" feature.
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Is The Latest ARC Version Compatible With Windows 8.1?

Does it run and has it been tested on Windows 8.1?
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Run Servo From Aimlbot?

Is it possible to run a servo or call a script directly from AIML (within AIMLBOT)? Or do I have to intercept all text with an ARC script?
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"This ARC Build Has Expired" Error

"This ARC Build Has Expired" Error

Hello,  Today for the first time ever I got an "This ARC build has expired" error and ARC will not launch. I don't want to upgrade. Why is ARC expiring?...
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Is It Possible To Connect The EZ-B Directly To The PC Or Is Wi-Fi Required?

Is it possible to connect the EZ-B directly to the PC or is wi-fi required? Since laptops and single board computers have gotten both more powereful and cheaper, I want to use a separate Windows machine for each of my EZ-B robots. It would make my life so much easier if there existed a way to go from the laptop to the EZ-B, bypassing the wi-fi...
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Darknet / Yolo Real-Time Object Detection

Darknet / Yolo Real-Time Object Detection

DJ and Team, Have you seen the TensorFlow / Darknet / YOLO Real-time Object Detection videos? A friend of mine has implemented it on his...
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ARC Like Noah's Ark?

1. How do you pronounce your ARC? Or A. R. C.? Or something else?  2. Where did the name Synthiam come from and why the change?
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Hard Drive Access?

Is there any way to read or write to a hard drive within the EZ-Builder? I wrote a MS Kinect software application that writes Kinect date to text files and updates them in real time. (I call it the "painless data exchange protocol.") It would be really great if I could get Kinect data into EZ-Builder. If not directly, does EZ builder have the...
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I Know You Are Working To Get GPT-3 Working, But What About Dialogpt?

It would be a lot of fun to get this working with ARC. The coding is over my head, but I know DJ (and company) could do it in a heartbeat. :)  "DialoGPT is a SOTA large-scale pretrained dialogue response generation model for multiturn conversations. The human evaluation results indicate that the response generated from DialoGPT is comparable to...
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Ability To Comment Out Multiple Lines Of A Script All At Once With Context Menu

I am often frustrated by the fact that I need to type #xxx for each line of code that I want to comment out. If I could select multiple lines with the right mouse button and then select "comment" or "uncomment" from a context menu with the mouse button, it would make my life a lot easier.  Thanks for making a GREAT product!  --Thomas
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Voice Print Skill That Would Identify Users By Voice.

Would like a skill that could do a "voice print" and identify someone by their voice alone. Example: a user says, "robot, it's me" and the robot analyzes the speech and identifies the person. It will help my robot by deciding who it should listen to and knowing who I am when I am talking. This would be a great feature.
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Request The Option To Reject ARC Updates

Please stop forcing me to update ARC. Updating on your schedule upsets everything I am doing. I give robotics lectures, sometimes several times a month. Before a lecture, I have no time to download and update and God forbid, fix my ARC code that breaks because of your updates. Yes, it has happened to me before.  You and your team give lectures and...
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Aimlbot With AIML 2.X

Any chance of an AIML 2.x skill? AIML 1.x is not officially supported anymore by pandorabots.com. AIML 2.x is a much richer language.  Thomas
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Option To Reject Or Postpone Updates

Option To Reject Or Postpone Updates

Hello, I am now using ARC for the control of a system that will eventually be sold. More specifically, I am building a robot that will ship with an...
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Tensorflow - YOLO Or Similar For Object Classification And Recognition

While ARC's object recognition is good, Tensorflow's is better. It's better because it is pretrained with a large library (200?) of common objects. Pre-trained object classification software saves one the work of feeding the camera 5000 photos of dogs or 2000 photos of cups or 9000 photos of people, etc. Would ARC work with 2000 photos of a dog? I...