GLaDOs Replica for RORI

A robot for a personnal assistant : RORI

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I developed a free (WTFPL) open-source(, modulable and multi-platform (Linux/ARM/Android) personal assistant called RORI which can be controlled using voice (google speech API or CMUSphinx) and can responds (with Google or Espeak or Festival).
RORI can, by now, play music, lock and shutdown the computer, generate a basic avatar, find some files on the hard drive (like a picture), send SMS, call someone, answer to questions, film (capture video) with a camera, record the desktop, control an Arduino or a Beagleboard, etc. And whatever you want if you develop a plugin to bring the feature. (I am currently writing the documentation).
I wanted RORI to be connected to a physical device with an expressive behavior, like and arm-shaped Robot, inspired by the famous robot from Valve's Portal games serie. (Which is also my favourite robot): GLaDOs !
First demonstration here : !

All details are in the log :)

  • 1 × white beagleboard or a computer to implement RORI in GLaDOs.
  • 1 × camera
  • 2 × TowerPro SG90 servomotors for rotate the head
  • 1 × HS-65HB servomotor for the middle
  • 1 × motor recovered in a CD lector/ HS-422 Hitec Servomotor for the base

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  • GLaDOs on Beaglebone

    AmarOk05/26/2014 at 14:11 0 comments

  • Ready for the Sci-Fi Contest !

    AmarOk04/28/2014 at 14:27 0 comments

    I am very happy today to say I am ready to present GLaDOs at the Sci-Fi Contest.

    GLaDOs works (help me, she watchs me with her terrifying RGB LED and ask me if I want some cake) but one servomotor is missing (I got it this week-end) for the base.

    Moreover, I will do alot of work to finish this project. Indeed, I must replace non free things like Google TTS/STT. I must develop RORI for a lot of other projects. And make a beautiful transport box too.

    I want to say thank you to all people who help me (Nomis, peterboy, people who print my parts, and people who support me), Thank you.

    I will continue this project or an other project (I have a lot of idea and I want to make a lot of other robots with a better finition).

  • Public demo at Rennes

    AmarOk04/17/2014 at 20:05 0 comments

    Some photos from 2 public demonstrations at Rennes :

    For the Arduino Day :

    From "JN3" (photo from © Blinky – Collectif 18-55):

  • Build the head

    AmarOk03/27/2014 at 08:15 0 comments

    This night, I built the head with some pewter and glue to isolate and fix the camera and the LED. Some pictures :

    The welder in the hackerspace (Breizh-Entropy/hacknowledge in Rennes).

    the RGB LED welded

    Test the LED with lot of wire

    Fix the camera

    Test it

    You are a monster

  • Videos

    AmarOk03/22/2014 at 19:44 0 comments

    RORI :

    OLD VIDEOS (Go to the third video if you want a recent one)

    First video. Sorry it is in french. The User Interface is very ugly, but it is an old test. You can see voice control (using Google...), some questions, some function (mute, lock, navigate on the Internet, sort a forum and show some interesting topics, run some software).

    The second video is in french too. It is the demonstration of the linux client (with the final interface). We can see new function like the generation of an avatar and the search of some pictures in the computer:

    NEW VIDEO !!!

    And a recent video where we can see RORI's server and me who control the computer with the RORI's Android application and the new text-to-speech using Google (not espeak or festival). It is the first video in english :). You can control the Android App with the voice (but it is difficult to film correctly, so i use the keyboard):

    PS: Sometimes, RORI doesn't execute some function. It is normal, if you give an order to RORI and if RORI is hungry, it doesn't respond (or if RORI doesn't want to answer). And if the answer is too long, the text-to-speech doesn't work.

    So, this is an other video where we can see GLaDOs controlled by the Arduino, then we can see the camera, then controlled by RORI and finally some photos :

    Soon, a demonstration of GLaDOs with a motor in the base.

  • 3D Modeling

    AmarOk03/18/2014 at 09:05 0 comments

    I think this is the hardest part of the project. Thanks for all the team to help me to realize this part. I have already use some 3D modeling software like Solidworks or Catia, but they are not free, so they do not enter on my processus for this project.

    We used Blender and FreeCAD to model all parts (not the head, because an other guy model it for me some month before).

    You can download all 3D files in multiple format here :

    To print all parts you can use the software replicatorG :

    To print all parts we use 3 printers. (2*Replicator 2x + 1*Reprap).

    P.S. : Some part are very long to print (50 hours for the base).

  • Blueprints

    AmarOk03/17/2014 at 22:16 0 comments

    I based my blueprints on screenshots available here :

    2 others awesome projects which inspirate GLaDOs for RORI : 


    Then with The Gimp 2.8 I create the blueprints (

    All .xcf files are available in the subfolder 'xcf & brouillons'

    GLaDOs blueprints : 

    The Base : 

    The high part of the base:

    The high shell:

    The cylinder for the LED:

    The shell for the down part:

    The head:

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  • 1
    Step 1

    Print all parts and sand it

    All parts are available in multiple format (.obj/.stl is the more interessant) here

    This is all parts printed:

    This is the disposition of all of the parts:

  • 2
    Step 2

    Paint all parts

    I will print a sticker soon for the base.

  • 3
    Step 3

    Assemble it

    For the head :

    Put the RGB LED.

    Then, fix the camera:

    And the two servomotors:

    Then, the high part of the body:

    The fix the down part and the base (One motor is missing because I don't receive it):

    Put the sticker:

    Get some wires:

    Build the first arm:

    And the second. Enjoy :)

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Chali Baicunn wrote 04/28/2014 at 13:40 point
Looks really good. I watched the video when you posted on youtube. Will you update this project log when the get the motor for the base installed?

On a somewhat unrelated note..... I was thinking about the voice, and how to get the text to speech engine to sound like GlaDOs. Have you thought about setting up J.A.C.K. with the output of your text to speech engine running through a DAW before going to the speakers?

Also with J.A.C.K. running you could take the incoming sound from your mic and run it though audio analysis. Maybe start making RORI understand inflection, tone, and cadence. IDK just a thought for the future.

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AmarOk wrote 04/28/2014 at 13:52 point
Thanks :)
So, yes I will update the log when I fix the last motor (and I will film a video)/
And second thanks for J.A.C.K. I did not think and I think it is a good idea. Today, I use Google (for voice recognition and synthesis) and some prerecorded sound but I want to replace it (one day... one day...)

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Chali Baicunn wrote 04/28/2014 at 16:09 point
I am starting a new project pretty soon. It's an experiment in intelligent computing. I may be wading into some murky waters with this one, but from the research I've done, I feel like the idea has been made overly complicated in someways. I plan on building a framework, so that modules can be put into place. I've been thinking about using pypes (python based visual programming software) to help build that framework. I'll let you know things get rolling. I am currently in the process of procuring a multiprocessor server.

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Chali Baicunn wrote 04/22/2014 at 14:03 point
I'm really looking forward to seeing the end product and reading the documentation. Best of luck.

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AmarOk wrote 04/22/2014 at 15:02 point
This week end I finish the build and record a video to show GLaDOs. Unfortunaly one motor (for the base) is missing and I have not the time to port all of the soft on the beagleboard.

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Eric Evenchick wrote 03/30/2014 at 18:39 point
I really hope there's a text to speech engine that sounds like GLaDOS. Looking forward to seeing this come together.

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AmarOk wrote 03/30/2014 at 18:51 point
I use Google text to speech or espeak or festival. So, the sound is not like GLaDOs. I hope I will replace it for a better tts (I don't know a free Text-To-Speech wich sounds like GLaDOs.)... but I want to finish the robot before.

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