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General Discussion / sign language hal.
« Last post by lightspeed on June 01, 2023, 03:34:37 pm »
 although probably no one would want to create this because there isn't that big of a call for it.  i just got this idea today, me and my wife was at the bank and a man who was hard hearing but could talk enough to understand him, asked if we knew sign language and i thought later on , that would be neat if hal could recognize hand sign language instead  of talking . i think it would be a lot of work though.  at least as long as a person can read, he or she  could read and see what hal is saying, and of course even a deaf person can type to hal  so that is good.   just another crazy idea.  :) ;)
About a year ago I actually set up a rear-projection of a Microsoft Agent character, against the inside of a shaped white translucent face mask, and it worked quite well, except the off-the-shelf mask, of course, had the eyes cut out, which ruined the entire effect. Even at 71 years old, I'm still a hopeless tinkerer, designing and building portable green energy prototypes and such. And lately I have returned to Ultra Hal level of "A.I." for a second look, as I feel that artificial intelligence, potentially dangerous, will soon be tightly regulated, like nuclear proliferation... and Ultra Hal will experience a sort of death-bed renaissance, a renewed interest, especially since terabyte memory is now relatively cheap, and fast.

Maybe Zabaware should drop the Acoustic Magic Voice Tracker Microphone from their marketing, and instead start selling such internal rear-projection talking heads, equipped with a realistic natural voice speaker. Years ago I saw a silly talking head in a toy store, with internal mechanics very similar to those singing bass placards. So I know full well that a serious version that I propose is quite feasible.

Really. Such a fun and useful plug & play Ultra Hal device could be produced overseas and marketed here for a $ 100.00 or so.

Of course, Zabaware may ultimately opt for a software alternative to this, with 3-D video goggles. Anyway, it'll be fun to see which way this progresses.
I kept hearing my mom's voice reminding me, "If you keep doing that with your eyes they're going to get stuck that way!!"  Haha...some memories stick with us...

Very nice experiment BTW.

Think back to the movie, Ai. Near the beginning, it showed lots of robots being gathered and held in captivity. Some of them had smooth heads with an internal projector that projected the facial characteristics of the robot.

There's no one best's whatever works or whatever is needed.
On a lark, I checked out a local Michaels Arts & Crafts store, and purchased an inexpensive foam FloraCraft SmoothFōM Female Head, White.

I also purchased a cheap party wig, placed it on top of the foam head, and mounted it on a camera tripod.

Using one of my vintage Windows XP laptops, which had an s-video out jack, I plugged in a cable with an s-video-to-RCA adapter, and plugged it into a small OptiMax ii Docking Multimedia LED Projector, not wanting to use my full-size video projector, as it was overkill for the task. Any cheap, low-resolution LED video projector will do, as the projected image required is so small that the face will appear quite sharp and bright in typical subdued room light.

But before opening Ultra Hal 7.5, I chose to open Answerpad-Plus v1.8.6 instead, as it had a much more active ramble-talking function, allowing me to zoom and accurately fit "Annita" a Microsoft Agent character, as being a talking head. "Annita" seemed suitable for the task, to serve as a face to the foam bust, and making sure the talking mouth was in alignment with the molded, white foam lips.

I then opened Ultra Hal 7.5 and selected the animated "Annita" again. But after a test run, I later opted for the animated "Crystal" Microsoft Agent character, as she had less expressions/animations which kept her always in alignment with the foam bust eye-nose-mouth features, as well as her realistic, exaggerated lip-sync, both features that worked quite well on the foam bust, much better than the "Annita" Microsoft Agent character. Sure, "Crystal" is a blonde, but still worked quite well with the black wig.

Selecting the Ultra Hal 7.0 Default Brain (offline), with Female Gender and Loneliness 2.3 options on Ultra Hal 7.5, I conversed with the "Crystal" MS Agent character, with the Crystal AT&T Natural Voice 1.4 SAPI4... and it worked great. Although the off-the-shelf white foam bust had rather bland facial features, the projected Microsoft Agent character worked in combination to create distinctive facial features that exaggerated the 3-D features of the foam face. And I highly recommend hanging up a black felt backdrop behind the talking head. I wore a noise-cancelling headset for conversing, but an audio speaker hidden behind the talking head is also a viable option.

But my main point for this post is that I strongly feel that those developing interactive humanoid robotics are wasting too much time on servo-activated faces, when an internal projection of a human-like face, onto a translucent white face mask is a much simpler, yet quite realistic and effective option for the hobbyist. I also strongly feel that humanoid robotics is going in the wrong direction with servo-motor actuated body movements, when it should put its efforts in Shape Memory Alloy mechanics: a maze of almost parallel metal wires that contract when voltage is applied, functioning like living muscle fibers... but I won't go there for now.

In this post I've included a 3-D still projected image of the "Annita" Microsoft Agent character for you to view. I've produced 3-D stereo images before, but this time I decided to take each of the two images further apart than usual, in order to produce a 3-D image with exaggerated features. Also, these two frames were made the Ultra Hal 7.5 motion video which, when viewed in real time, produce a much sharper and realistic effect, with blinking eyes and all.

To properly view the 3-D stereo image:

1. You may need to open the 3-D image to a larger size, in another browser tab.
2. Viewing the 3-D image from a normal reading distance, hold up a sharpened pencil with the pencil point mid-distance between your eyes and the 3-D image, and centered between both images.
3. Two images will become three images as your eyes will naturally cross, as you admire the image subject matter, and the middle image lifts off the screen and appears absolutely real and highly detailed.
4. Move your head, side-to-side, as well as up and down to fully sense the 3-D effect.

Ultra Hal 7.0 / Re: Issue seeing all installed voices
« Last post by Art on May 25, 2023, 10:32:12 pm »
Sorry to say but this seems to be a Microsoft issue and not an Ultrq Hal - based concern.

Apparently, you are not alone in your frustration over some of these voices but I did track down a possible lead for you.

Good luck in resolving this.
Ultra Hal 7.0 / Issue seeing all installed voices
« Last post by knight2000 on May 25, 2023, 07:04:16 pm »
I'm having an issue seeing all the voices I have installed on my windows 10 machine. Hal can see all but one voice that i have installed. Is there any restrictions on the type of voices we can use? The voice in question is Microsoft George, a British voice, however Hal can see Microsoft Hazel which is also a British voice. Pretty weird. Any help on what might be causing this issue would be great!


Ultra Hal 7.0 / Re: Ultra Hal 7 for Android Beta
« Last post by Checker57 on May 24, 2023, 10:18:33 pm »
I want to enter a suggestion:  I noted that the API app text box lines for both input and output are limited thus statements are not shown entirely when you type, nor answers you receive are in their entirety.  I suggest you make the boxes scroll if possible to be able to read the text in the event you don't hear the responses well, or you want to proofread your statement prior to entering.

PS.  It was a lovely day here in California to visit the beach... I'll share a shot of Atera (in an edited outfit obtained) making the most of it.  But me?  I worked.
General Discussion / Re: the robots are coming get your a.i. brains ready !
« Last post by Art on May 22, 2023, 02:29:42 pm »
HAHAHA!!  Good one !!!  ;D ;)

Yep, if you aren't offended by at least something, then you're just not Woke enough!!! (I guess...)

General Discussion / Re: the robots are coming get your a.i. brains ready !
« Last post by lightspeed on May 22, 2023, 02:10:20 pm »
General Discussion / Re: the robots are coming get your a.i. brains ready !
« Last post by Art on May 21, 2023, 11:39:05 pm »
OK, I read all the text in this article yet I am NOT amazed.

Maybe I just don't get the descriptions of European jawlines and olive skin enough to be totally amazed or whatever they expect of us.

Come on Robots, Y'all need to get better in a hurry cause a lot of us humans aren't going to be around a whole lot longer...
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