Announcement Bot

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CalendarAnnouncer

Github Page

https://github.com/pawl/CalendarAnnouncer/

Project Details

  • A python project that announces events from Google Calendar over Dallas Makerspace's announcement system using Google's TTS webservice.
  • Currently installed on the windows server at DMS.

IRC Version (Failed)

Project Goal

  • Give the ability for people and programs to make announcements at DMS.

Project Details

  • I'm using this program: https://github.com/eastein/announce
  • Announce is a bot made by someone from another hackerspace called Pumping Station One for their Tardis replica.
  • It will do text to speech when it is sent a command over IRC, and it can play sounds when you refer to an MP3 already on the system.
  • Announce is installed on a Raspberry Pi sitting on top of the Will Call Machine, and it is attached to some speakers.
  • It's using a wifi module to connect to the internet, this may be contributing to the instability.
  • It uses linux's festival to do Text-To-Speech.
  • Ask Paul Brown for the password to the raspberry pi if you want to mess with it.

Instructions for Installing Announce

http://paulsprogrammingnotes.blogspot.com/2013/02/raspberry-pi-text-to-speech-irc-service.html

Progress

It will work, but it's not stable for more than about a day.

Problems

  • The IRC bot disconnects sometimes and we need to add the ability to reconnect.
  • The voices could use some improvement.

Improvement Ideas

  • Allow it to play music by giving it a link to a grooveshark playlist.