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The origin of the Jobot Project

A long time ago, in the 1980s, there was no World Wide Web. Most families didn't even have a computer, although the home computer became relatively popular.
Luckily, I grew up in a family who had a computer. We also had this popular device called the 'color television'. This was a huge multifunctional wooden device with a low resolution color screen. It had a couple of functions:
- It could show live streams in color.
- It was also a good heater, especially if you had one of the brand Yoko or even a cheaper brand.
- It was also used for cats to sleep on.
- The screen was also a cat hair collector.
These devices are probably responsible for the growth of my fascination for robots in my childhood. The television showed me robots like Transformers, K.I.T.T., Twiki, but also real robots like the Japanese WABOT-2, a humanoid robot able to read notes and play the organ. The computer introduced me to one of my favorite computer programs ever made: ELIZA.

A couple of months ago, in the year 2016, I found an old ELIZA-clone that I wrote in QuickBASIC a long time ago. I opened it using a compatible BASIC interpreter called QB64. Since QB64 is a Windows based language, I was wondering if it was possible to use the Microsoft Speech API (SAPI). Unfortunately QB64 didn't support it. But I didn't give up. I converted the text to speech using the SHELL command and external software. After installing Visual Studio, I made a better version of the software that could also convert speech to text. I asked myself: "Why don't you make a robot, Jo. A Jo-bot?"
I ordered some parts online and the Jobot Project was born.

An old version of Jobot, written in QB64

What can Jobot do? (updated 10/24/16)

Jobot can talk, listen (using Microsoft SAPI), take pictures, tell jokes, give information.

What is Jobot made of? (updated 10/24/16)

- A housing made of thick aluminum.
- A mini pc motherboard:
CPU: Intel Atom Baytrail Cr Z3735F, 1.33GHz, up to 1.83GHz
GPU: Intel HD Graphic(Gen7)
Storage: eMMC 32GB & MicroSD (TF) & 1TB Harddisk
Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz&5.8GHz Dual Band Wi-Fi,AP6234
Bluetooth Version: V4.0
HDMI 1.4 port, 3.5mm Audio Jack
2 USB 2.0 ports
Power supply: 100-240V 0.5A (input); 5V 2A (output)
- A plexiglass dome.
- A sound to LED module (6 green LEDs).
- Two yellow lights.
- A stereo camera module.

Jotbot future plans

- A unique SAPI voice instead a standard one.
- (Tank)wheels.
- Voice controlled movements.
- A bigger vocabulary.

Jobot introduction

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Jobot's knock knock joke

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Jobot's left eye sight

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