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Virtual Dad - The Parent You Never Knew You Didn't Want.

About the project

Feeling down in the dumps? Need a bit of a laugh? Or a groan? Dads are the best. Always there to make you smile with a terrible joke or some completely irrelevant advice. The Dad Bot is your surrogate father. Terrible Jokes? Check! Bad advice? You betcha! Here's here to cheer you up, even if you don't want to be...

Project info

Difficulty: Moderate

Platforms: GoogleRaspberry Pi

Estimated time: 4 hours

License: GNU General Public License, version 3 or later (GPL3+)

Items used in this project

Hardware components

Google AIY Vision Full Kit - Includes Pi Zero WH - v1.1 Google AIY Vision Full Kit - Includes Pi Zero WH - v1.1 x 1
Google AIY Vision Full Kit - Includes Pi Zero WH - v1.1 Google AIY Vision Full Kit - Includes Pi Zero WH - v1.1 x 1

Software apps and online services

Raspbian - Google image for AIY Project kits Raspbian - Google image for AIY Project kits
icanhazdadjoke.com icanhazdadjoke.com

Hand tools and fabrication machines

Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Creality Ender 3 3D Printer x 1
Soldering Iron Soldering Iron x 1
Snips/Pliers/Cutters Snips/Pliers/Cutters x 1

Story

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Background

I wanted to create a lighthearted project that would make people smile, and take advantage of all the fantastic hardware included in the AIY Kits.

With the Coronavirus pandemic in full swing, then I thought we could all use a little cheering up - and honestly, what better than a cringey joke-telling robot that detects how happy you are and cracks a terrible pun.

Getting to grips with the kits

First step is to get the kits built and see what they can do. Googe have done a great job with the AIY Vision & Voice kits and construction was made really simple with a website for each dedicated to clear, step-by-step instruction that even a 10-year-old would be hard-pressed to get wrong.