Meet Peeqo, the robot that communicates entirely through GIFs

  • Peeqo is an 8 inch tall robot that communicates entirely through GIFs
  • It was created as a thesis project by a student at New York University 
  • Peeqo uses a camera to record its environment and plays music from Spotify 
  • It also uses voice recognition from Google Speech API and API.ai

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:40 EST, 10 January 2017 | Updated: 17:17 EST, 10 January 2017

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It's the perfect work companion for meme fans – a robot that sits on your desk and communicates entirely through GIFs.

Called Peeqo, this personal robotic assistant consists of a Raspberry Pi micro, motors, numerous microphones, a USB speaker and an attached LCD screen. 

The pint-sized machine uses voice recognition from Google Speech API and API.ai to listen and respond to your queries.

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Peeqo is a personal robotic assistant consists of a Raspberry Pi micro, motors, microphones, a USB speaker and an attached LCD screen.This pint-sized machine uses voice recognition from Google Speech API and API.ai to listen to your queries to respond with the appropriate GIFs

MEET PEEQO 

Peeqo is a robot with a soft-exoskelton body,.

It is programmed to respond to queries with GIFS.

When users ask him a question, a light on the back of its head turns on, which signals he is thinking about the query.

The robot also has a camera that lets it to record what is 'sees' and it can play music from Spotify when asked.

It uses voice recognition from Google Speech API and API.ai to listen and respond to your queries. 

On top of the body is a head with an LCD monitor. Peeqo is also equipped with six servo motors, four microphones, a camera, a USB speaker, two Arduino Mini micro-controllers and a Raspberry Pi micro. 

Peeqo is the brain child of Abhishek Singh, a student at New York University, who refers to the robot as the 'love child of Amazon Echo and a Disney character'.

'Peeqo is a conversational UI that answers only in GIFs. 

'For those who know me, it's essentially the physical version of 90% of my text messages with friends and colleagues,' Singh shared in his blog.

'I'm sure that future historians will look back on 2016 (if they dare acknowledge its presence) as the year we returned to imagery as our main form of social interaction.'

Singh also shared that he designed the robot for those who spend long hours at a desk and need some help getting through the day. 

Peeqo is programmed to respond to questions with the appropriate GIFS.

For example, during a video showing Singh's first fully built Peeqo in action, he asks how to say 'GIF' – he asked Peeqo if it should be pronounced as 'GIF' or 'jif'.

Peeqo's first response is a meme from a scene in 'Pulp Fiction' with Samuel L. Jackson threatening him that it should not be pronounced as 'jif'.

And the robots second response is a meme showing, 'It's pronounced 'shut up nerd'. 

Signh explains that he programmed Peeqo to have a personality and can sometimes get fresh with humans.

This robot was originally created as Signh's thesis for New York University. 

Peeqo is the brain child of Abhishek Singh, a student at New York University, who refers to the robot as the 'love child of Amazon Echo and a Disney character'  

While not in use, Peeqo lies sleeping but can be woken by someone mentioning his name.

And although he communicates with GIFs, he does have a pair of eyes and eyeglasses displayed on the screen when he isn't responding with witty memes.

When users ask him a question, a light on the back of its head turns on – which signals he is thinking about the query.

The soft-exoskeleton that gives the robot cartoon like movements and its display were both created using a 3D printer (pictured) The soft-exoskeleton that gives the robot cartoon like movements and its display were both created using a 3D printer (pictured)

The soft-exoskeleton that gives the robot cartoon like movements and its display were both created using a 3D printer (pictured)

The robot also has a camera that lets it to record what is 'sees' and it can play music from Spotify when asked The robot also has a camera that lets it to record what is 'sees' and it can play music from Spotify when asked

The robot also has a camera that lets it to record what is 'sees' and it can play music from Spotify when asked

The robot also has a camera that lets it to record what is 'sees' and it can play music from Spotify when asked.

The soft-exoskeleton that gives the robot cartoon like movements and its display were both created using a 3D printer.

And Singh designed custom circuit boards for this project.

On top of the body is a head with an LCD monitor. Peeqo is also equipped with six servo motors, four microphones, a camera, a USB speaker, two Arduino Mini micro-controllers and a Raspberry Pi micro. 

The work has been shared in an Imgur post, allowing anyone to build their own Peeqo robot. 

'Peeqo sits on your desk and uses the Google Speech API to detect the use of the wake word 'Peeqo' via one of four microphones, then it uses api.ai to search GIPHY for the correct response to your query,' shares Signh.

On top of the body is a head with an LCD monitor. Peeqo is also equipped with six servo motors, four microphones, a camera, a USB speaker, two Arduino Mini micro-controllers and a Raspberry Pi micro On top of the body is a head with an LCD monitor. Peeqo is also equipped with six servo motors, four microphones, a camera, a USB speaker, two Arduino Mini micro-controllers and a Raspberry Pi micro
Peeqo is also designed to have a personality, so it can get fresh with humans from time to time Peeqo is also designed to have a personality, so it can get fresh with humans from time to time

On top of the body is a head with an LCD monitor. Peeqo is also equipped with six servo motors, four microphones, a camera, a USB speaker, two Arduino Mini micro-controllers and a Raspberry Pi micro

When users ask him a question, a light on the back of its head turns on – which signals he is thinking about the query. The work has been shared in an Imgur post, allowing anyone to build their own Peeqo robot

'All of this runs with a Raspberry Pi at its heart, while two Arduinos work to control the LED notification ring atop its head and the servo motor that dictates the body's movement.'

'Peeqo also acts as a great bridge into home automation, controlling lights and other smart devices in your home or office, along with acting as a media player and new best friend work-based assistant.' 

 

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