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Video: Maker Uses a Raspberry Pi and Amazon Alexa to Create a Creepy Voice-activated Talking Skull

27 October 2017

Well, this is terrifying.

Just in time for Halloween, a maker has used a Raspberry Pi and some experience in animatronics to convert an Amazon Alexa Echo speaker into a creepy talking skull complete with a new spooky voice.

The maker, Mike McGurrin, explains that Yorick, the talking skull, originally had Alexa’s voice, which possibly made the voice activated speaker that much more haunting. However, after an update to AlexaPi, which added support for the SoX audio playback, he changed the voice to one more fitting of a talking skull.

He did however leave in voice commands for Alexa as well so the maker could both talk to “Yorick” and receive spooky voice back or talk to “Alexa” and get a talking skull with a friendly female voice.

If you want to learn more about how he did it, check out his blog at: https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2017/10/25/hacker-pieces-together-alexa-powered-talking-skull/

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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