Manuel, the talking moose
I notice a certain silliness – not to say outright frivolity – surrounding some of your Christmas projects. I’d like to introduce Manuel. He’s a talking moose with a Raspberry Pi for brains, who will repeat your tweets in a Scottish accent, live on video. Manuel is a Christmas installation in the office at Torchbox –
head over and make him intone your festive messages.
Manuel (who, if the above photographs are anything to go by, may well be an antlered donkey rather than a moose) has been hacked about, has had new brains (including a profanity filter) inserted, and has been elegantly mounted on the office wall, the better to intone your tweets. I hope he doesn’t end up in a cupboard after Christmas.
Let’s join with the BeetBox Project and make Manuel produce the sounds with its mouth.
Ah, and this project reminds me of an old TV show:
Wow, thats pretty cool :)
It *should* remind you of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khgpg-9TjVM
Epic. love it :D
I believe he broke :/
Yeah, he’s mostly just saying ‘slashslashslash…’ which is a tad disturbing.
Maybe somebody connected him to a Linux roguelike and he’s really slashing dungeon creatures to get the amulet of Yendor.
What text-to-speech program is he using and what are the settings for the scottish accent ?
Hoots. No idea.
Binoy Xavier Joy
Try them out http://elinux.org/RPi_Text_to_Speech_(Speech_Synthesis)
The text-to-speech program is Festival, using the ‘cmu_us_awb_arctic’ voice. (Festival was originally developed at the University of Edinburgh, and this voice is actually the lead developer, Alan W Black. Not sure how he’d feel about being the voice of Manuel, but I expect he’s used to this sort of thing by now!) http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=751169 is a nice guide to getting Festival set up with custom voices.
How about getting him to sing something by the pretenders? :)
Is “Manuel” a Fawlty Towers reference by any chance? (There was a moose or something on one of the episodes… or maybe it’s just a coincidence.)
Is manual a reference to a Falty Towers episode?
Pocket Lint website of the day;http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/48838/tweet-to-a-talking-moose
My first thought was, since the original went missing years ago, what we need now is a Pi-powered
Philip K Dick simulacrum
Back then they were really stretching what could be done with the hardware, it’s probably not practical with something as small as a Pi. But wouldn’t it be fun?
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