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Ted the Talking Toaster

By Andrew Gregory. Posted

This is Ted the Talking Toaster, made by Dane and Nicole, creators of the wonderfully surreal 8 Bits and a Byte YouTube channel. The project started life as an ordinary toaster, but thanks to a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and a Google AIY Voice Kit, it can now talk at least as much sense as 70% of the humans we know.

Logic is provided by Google Dialogflow running on Google Cloud Platform, and Raspbian on Raspberry Pi.

For a little extra whimsy, the toaster has been given eyebrows – these are controlled by two servos glued into holes drilled through the aluminium wall of the toaster. According to the angle and motion of the service, these can convey a range of emotions, including the has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed ‘frisky’.