“G.E.N.E.S.I.S.” is an acronym that stands for: “General Engineering Network of Electronically Simulated Intelligent Systems.” It’s an animatronic head project that is designed to be interactive with its surroundings via sensors, speech synthesizer, voice recognition, and a relatively large array of servo-motors. This project allows anyone at any level of experience to create their own low-budget android head! G.E.N.E.S.I.S. is expandable and hack-able, making it easy to experiment, change, and expand for future development.
G.E.N.E.S.I.S. has 10 degrees of freedom (DOF) which are actuated by the nine servo motors in the head. Each servo controls movement of one specific part of the face and head. These strategically place motors can effectively emulate almost every common human expression with a wide range of attitude for each expression such as an open-mouth smile or a wide-eyed wink.
To supplement a visually interactive face, G.E.N.E.S.I.S. uses a voice synthesizer to emulate a female voice (male voice now available!) . All of the vocal responses are pre-programmed words or statements that are used commonly in human interaction. The current response vocabulary is around one-hundred phrases but is updated and expanded periodically. The system used is a stand-alone EMIC Text-to-Speech module that has been used since the original creation of the project. This system will eventually be phased out and replaced with an integrated voice synthesizer that will draw words and phrases from its voice recognition vocabulary which is controlled by the Parallax Propeller chip.
This Platform comes FULLY ASSEMBLED and TESTED! It’s ready to go, right out of the box!
Standard features include:
- Frame (Plastic and Aluminum)
- Eye Assembly
- Teeth (Plastic)
- Assembly Hardware (Nuts, Bolts, Washers, etc.)
- Assembly Instructions
- 9 Servo Motors
- Power Supply board
- Control Board
- Comm-Port Assembly
- Servo Controller
- Additional Wiring
- Software Package
* Custom Colors Available Upon Request . *Note for colors outside of choices being white . grey , and black , there is a extra charge for G.E.N.E.S.I.S to be colorful.. 🙂
This is thing is AMAZING! In fact, I’ve ordered 5 of them for my class room!
This fantastic quality and works right out of the box!