Name: Thomas Messerschmidt
Member since: 2010-11-17 09:32:11
Last Login: 2011-04-28 06:36:52



I love building androids, not the telephone but human-looking robots. I have reverse engineered (with a lot of help from Tim Lewis) Wowwee's Alive Elvis and am doing a lot of different things with him since I own several. I am the founder of the Riverside Robotics Society and usually teach robotics classes to the members. I am also a member of the Robotics Society of Southern California. I was their secretary last year. I also am a member of the B9 Robot Builders Club. I've created a life-size B9 (Lost in Space) robot replica with A.I. who came along with me to accompany actor Bob May on many conventions. Currently I'm working on an R2D2. My grand creation is Robot Betty9, a life-size fembot. She sings and uses Leaf AI for voice I/O, sensors and motor control. Betty sung at the Riverside Robot Expo. (You can see some of her videos on youtube.) I also am building a new web site:

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Well, Robot Betty9, my singing entertainment robot was invited to sing at a local coffee shop. This is the second time she was asked to sing. The first time was for that Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

Still, the 'bot is not quite ready for prime time. Making a prototype is one thing but making a robot that can perform on stage for a few hours is quite different.

On another note, I am looking for a celebrity to work with in making a robot clone of him or her. I have everything lined up to visit that fun place of zombies and other creepy robot-people, the uncanny valley.

I'm making an attempt to document all this on my site:, but sometimes my day job takes the greater part of my week. Ah well.

-- Thomas

I am working on a new LISP program for Robot Betty9 that will allow my robot to spout forth poetry and not just any poetry, but poetry based upon how she is feeling at the time based on conversations she has had. In other words, if she is a bad mood, her word choices will be on the negative side. If she is happy or perhaps even "in love", words of love will emanate from her digital lips.

This new program will be merged with my Leaf code. (See "Leaf the AI Robot",

Also, I have purchased a new servo interface board, the SD84. I intend to use it for better control of her servos.

Her power roller skates are working, but using VEX servos was a bad idea. They barely pull her around on a flat surface. I need to upgrade the servos to about triple the torque and use metal gears and chain. Just time and money, but mostly time (and money.) :)

== Thomas

Happy New Year 2011 Everyone!

I've been working on many things this last year and all have related to robotics and especially to my life-size fembot Robot Betty9. She now has a new head and a new neck. I love to "re-purpose" hardware and as such I am using a neck from the Wowwee Chimp. Kind of a mad scientist sort of thing if you think about it, but hey, it works. This new year I intend to give her AI an overhaul. Wish me luck.

Last week programmed Robot Betty9 to sing Auld Lang Syne in celebration of 2011. She is using Vocaloid which although not perfect, does the job.

Here is the link:

So Betty and I wish you a fantastic 2011!



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