THE VRBOT GUI.
YOU’LL HAVE TO ENUNCIATE MORE IF YOU WANT
GENTLEMEN TO THINK YOU HAD A PROPER UPBRINGING.
up our commands, even at a conversational
volume. We pushed our luck by trying to whisper
and seeing if the bot could hear. Understandably,
it preferred us to speak up, but even at a decent
distance the microphone could pick up a loud
The real fun comes with programming custom
voice commands, and the fairly intuitive process is
once again detailed in the instruction video and in
a PDF file on the Tigal website. After connecting
the robot to the computer, simply select the
command group that you want to edit. Using the
buttons on the toolbar, you can choose to add a
command to the group. After naming the
command something descriptive, the next step is
to train it. Training comes in two phases where the
user must simply say the command. After training,
the test group function is a great way to see that
your efforts worked.
You can even give your robot a name that it
responds to by programming a new trigger word.
We, of course, chose to train the name that we
had already given the Robonova, though we
decided against pretentiousness and dropped the
title so that we would simply call the bot by
As we were messing around with different
voice commands, we wondered how the VRbot
module would deal with similar sounding words.
Fortunately, the developers have thought of that
very problem, and we tested their solution in true
Pygmalion fashion. First, we trained the command
“rain,” and we predictably did so without incident.
Next was the command “Spain,” which we also
trained without a problem. Finally, we trained the
word “plain,” and this brought up a warning. A
dialog box cautioned us that this was similar to
one of our other trained commands. The
command was flagged with a yellow sign, and we
proceeded to test the group with some
trepidation. With careful diction, we recited the
apparent truism about Spanish weather, and we
were pleased to see that all the words were
recognized correctly. The next time through we let
ourselves get a little sloppy, and the test was
unable to distinguish between the words “rain”
and “plain.” Trying again with our best Queen’s
English, the program recognized all of the words.
So, it seems that users can train their Robonova in
limericks if they so desire, but they must simply be
prepared to speak clearly. Professor Higgins would
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