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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.
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?"
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.
Jotbot future plans
- A unique SAPI voice instead a standard one.
Jobot's knock knock joke
Jobot's left eye sight