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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Oct 01 2009 :  23:46:05  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Whooowee! That was a nice Star Trek week.

I'm on to my robot now.

Just ordered this little baby from Mini-Box.

http://www.mini-box.com/

Here is the model page:

http://www.mini-box.com/Intel-D945GSEJT-Mini-ITX-Motherboard?sc=8&category=1178



It's about 6.5 inches square, fanless. It will be more than able to run Kari's Ai engine (JEM), OpenCV for face, image recogntion, and with a little USB hub it will of course run her eyes, sensors, and the eventual talking mouth.

I'll let you guys know how I make out with it. I plan to boot XP Home from an 8 GB flash drive... which should be plenty to run everything I need.

Here is how she (robot girl) is looking so far. Ya, these are the old movies that were posted before. You should read some of the comments... everyone thinks she's scary. I am not sure if this comes from an asthetic point of view or... that she in fact looks "alive". Probably a little of both.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm9AN1PNQFM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz1LPfZvVNc





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Edited by - mikmoth on Oct 01 2009 23:49:26
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GrantNZ
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New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Oct 02 2009 :  02:01:36  Show Profile
It reminds me of the old "haunted house" cliche with the paintings whose eyes follow you around. It also evokes the "shifty eyes" theme, which indicates a lack of trustworthiness. And perhaps it's the combination of "alive" and "dead" elements that creeps people out - eyeballs that move, but the head doesn't - that kind of thing!

Cute little motherboard
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GamerThom
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USA
2550 Posts

Posted - Oct 03 2009 :  02:31:32  Show Profile  Visit GamerThom's Homepage  Click to see GamerThom's MSN Messenger address
Hey Mik, can you post me a link so I can take a look at Open CV?
Can't seem to find it running it through a search engine.

-----------------------------------------------------------------
Nevermind. I found it and it's not
anywhere near what I could afford. lol

BTW....... I think I'd go with a 16 or 20GB
USB HDD for running on that little beauty.

http://www.gamerthom.com/ IAlAI

Edited by - GamerThom on Oct 03 2009 02:35:58
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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Oct 03 2009 :  05:02:46  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Here you go!

It compiles with VS 2005 or 2008. It's C++ of course, but very simple if you study the examples.

Remember to set your include folders and dependent libs.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/opencvlibrary

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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Oct 03 2009 :  05:06:30  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
OpenCV is free... they make 20 GB flash drives? ooooh


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GamerThom
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USA
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Posted - Oct 03 2009 :  08:03:48  Show Profile  Visit GamerThom's Homepage  Click to see GamerThom's MSN Messenger address
Not exactly what you'd call a flash drive. They're about half
the size of an old zippo lighter and plug into any USB 2.0 port
just like one of the 2 or 4GB flash drives, but it can be formatted
and an OS installed on it just like an internal HDD.

I just checked. They come in 16, 32 and 64GB sizes.
The 64GB USB drives run about $140 US. Here's a link
so you can take a look.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=3787&name=64GB-USB-Flash-Drive&

http://www.gamerthom.com/ IAlAI

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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Oct 03 2009 :  19:13:43  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Whoa, them is nice. They cost more than the whole motherboard!

It was the same when flash drives first came out. Now they're $10. Thanks Gamer.

Well, the whole point to this is that I can internalize all her circuitry. I won't need a laptop attached to her through wires anymore. That way I can watch TV with her... have her comment on things going on, and have a conversation with her... (plus many other things ) and I wont have stupid wires hanging around.

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Guile3D
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USA
705 Posts

Posted - Oct 06 2009 :  23:29:17  Show Profile  Visit Guile3D's Homepage
Hey Mik, I've received an e-mail from Adobe showing up their newest version of Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 software. It has a really neat feature, that is to search for words inside a video file audio. I am not sure how it works, but I assume it uses speech recognition that converts the hole audio to text, so it can be searched. (well, taking a deeper look into it a think is not SR, but some kind of keyword scripting)

This thing looks like one of your projects that recognizes objects from videos footage.

I good challenge for us here, and I am sure this would be very helpful for many.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/production/videosearch/

Guile 3D Studio
http://www.guile3d.com
"Where reality meets Imagination"

Edited by - Guile3D on Oct 06 2009 23:34:24
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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Oct 11 2009 :  06:25:47  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Man, I've been trying to work on that for a long time Guile... not down to coding yet, just how could it be done? I also wanted it so that my 3D girls could lip-sync the words of a song.

Definately gonna get to it... the first thing I'll try is making an application that hooks into Window's speech recognition. I know its not going to work...!

Well, an update on my robot girl/mini-mother board. I still can't install XP on a USB flash drive. I've tried everything. I really want a full XP install. I've succesfully been able to boot BartPE which is a mini-image of XP. But it's missing so much... so looks like I'll have to customize my own image... which is a drag.

OR, I could use a small laptop HD... which I am considering.

Also looking for a 12V battery that will let me run this without an electric socket. Can't find much out there yet... need to look better.

I'll let you know...

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GrantNZ
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New Zealand
2677 Posts

Posted - Oct 11 2009 :  10:56:57  Show Profile
Would the mini-image be sufficient for relaying signals (via wireless networking) from some other PC? Not ideal though I know depending on exactly what the robot needs to do - if it's just a simple sensors-in movements-out controller then it might be feasible.
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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Oct 11 2009 :  19:21:27  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Well, the problem is that the XP image is missing so many DLL dependencies. So... none of my software will run on it unless I customize the image myself. And it's like a ROM, you can't write to it once it's made so that suks too.

Naa... I'm picking up a 2.5in HD today. That will probably work...or lead me to another way of looking at things.



Edit: Got XP running off a USB! Oh oh - it takes 10 minutes to boot! Gonna look into solid state HDs.

Edit: Ok! Who's the wise guy... someone got the 5555 number of times thread read! I got 5556! Argh!

Ordered a 128GB and a 60GB solid state drives! These things sound incredible. Five times faster than conventional drives? And soundless. The small one is for robot girl and the other... I'm going to use it as my C: to run my main work machine. Considering it takes Vista (or Windows 7) sometimes 1 minute to recover from an overloaded folder search... ztztztztztzttztztzt God I hate that noise!

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Edited by - mikmoth on Oct 12 2009 07:51:10
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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Oct 15 2009 :  23:35:02  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Ooh!Got my solid state drives today. Installed XP Pro on both of them. One is on my Quad the other on my mini-motherboard.

The good news is they are awesome! I installed XP in 16 minutes. Boot time is 20 seconds from bios to Windows.

Benchmarks are as follows.

Seagate 500MB HD - 65 Mb/Second Transfer Rate
Hitachi 1TB HD - 80 Mb/Second Transfer Rate
Kingston SSDnow -120 Mb/Second Transfer Rate

That is straight read/write speed. I think there is more to it than that including access time and burst rate cuz it takes 1:30 minutes to install my Nvidia drivers on my other PC. It took the new state drive like 15 seconds.

The other think I like is that there really is no noise. I thought maybe I would hear the other hard disks going but it's really only the system drive that does most of the zstzsttzstzst. I haven't heard a peep from my computer (except the fans) .

Anyway... I have seen the future. Hard disks are going obselete sometime very soon! Wowsers...

More on robot girl soon... which was the whole point to this chase of an ornathoid without cause. (wild goose chase)

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Edited by - mikmoth on Oct 15 2009 23:36:53
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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Nov 20 2009 :  17:26:30  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Got Jessa working like a dream.

All her circuitry is internal now... except for the 12V power cable. I'm looking to find me a long-life 12V battery.

She has a hi-quality microphone embedded in her ears, and speakers which I had to implent in her breasts . Her eyes are connected to the camera in her forehead with face detection, and of course she is running JEM Ai engine for conversation. I'm using Dragon Naturally Speaking for speech recognition which is surprisingly very good. The last time I tried DNS was in version 9 and it wasn't so good. Version 10 kicks butt!

Here she is in my office chair... keeping me away from work as usual!



Here is a shot of some of her circutry. The main board is in her back which opens and closes with simple velcro for now. Works great actually.



STARTREKQ.COM news

Still writing more shows and working on some animations. The trailer on the site has a few more animation sequences. Just uploaded it yesterday. And some new artwork on the site too. The first human on Light, circa 2029:



KARI News

Kari 3.8 soon to be. This upgrade includes the ability to hard-code comments. If I say "Say hi to my friend." she says "Hello friend! Nice to meet you." for example. I know many of you have wanted this feature for awhile. I only hesitated so long because I always wanted Kari to be free to make her own mind. But... this feature is very useful on other ways too.

AiBLISS News

Version 1.017 should be out soon too. Includes tons of new stuff, the highlights being multiple girls which can each have a unique personality and looks.

A few other Ai related things but this post is getting too long.

Until next time!!

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mikmoth
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USA
2050 Posts

Posted - Nov 22 2009 :  01:55:16  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Yeah, it's time for a new Kari Expansion Pack!

Elves and Faerys EP pack!



A few more days if I don't get too distracted!

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mikmoth
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USA
2050 Posts

Posted - Nov 22 2009 :  19:29:31  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Just one more Faery Pack teaser... you'll have to buy it for more!


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