Welcome! The talking moose was famous 25 years ago.
A lot has changed since then, with computing power and the internet. I think the time has finally come, to use advances in 3D graphics and speech synthesis, to make a fantastic new Talking Moose.
I’ve been slowly developing this new Moose over the past few years, aided by modern programmers, and now I’ve decided to share with you, the story of developing the new Moose. The development process, along with my mistakes and setbacks, you may find interesting.
I think the new Moose will be incredible. Not as revolutionary as the original moose was in 1986, but I truly believe that this new 3D character, with his new focus on humor, usefulness and internet content, will show the world a successful formula for a tolerable talking character/agent.
On the right-hand sidebar, are links to blogging topics. Click those topics to start reading about this new Moose.
Below, are some of the latest posts, but kindof random. A better way to learn more, is clicking on the Blogging Topics to the right.
Today I stumbled upon this page Microsoft Speech Platform – Runtime Language (version 11) Download Center, and I think it allows some downloads of extra SAPI5 voices. I’m trying this. Oh Shit, it didn’t work on my windows XP. I’m guessing that’s because it needed Microsoft Speech Platform – Runtime (Version 11), which is only supported on Vista or win7, but not XP. Programming for speech, with poor microsoft documentation, really sucks.
I was unsatisfied with the old eyelashes. They were showing moire patterns, so I asked Meta3D studios to suggest something better, which they did, then I spent a day and fiddled in photoshop. Voila: The new eyelashes.
Our milestone today, the Moose makes a nice transition from smiling, to speaking, then back to smiling behaviors again. The Lip sync speech is pretty good too.
Above, you heard the unpleasant Microsoft Sam voice, but much better voices are available, in many languages). The shadow behind the moose is still missing. The framerate is really much better than the youtube video shows. Continue reading “Smiling, Speaking, Smiling” »