If you thought penguins were only good for squawking and scoffing fish, think again. Tux Droid is set to revolutionise the way Linux-loving info-junkies receive information about...well, about anything. That's because this incredibly smart penguin comes with open source software that allows you to program him to receive and interpret all kinds of cool stuff from the internet. The world is your lobster. Or something like that.
Spin and flaps around
Basically Tux Droid is a felt-covered desktop companion that utilises wireless technology to fetch information from the wonderful web and convey it to you in various charming ways. His accompanying USB fish transmitter (no, really!) beams info to him anywhere in the house, so he can alert you to incoming emails in the kitchen, RSS feeds in the front room, weather reports in the bathroom or breaking news in the bedroom. And he can do it by dancing, spinning, flapping or flashing - it's up to you. Simply get busy with the customisable (is that a word?) software. The possibilities are endless.
Tux Droid's USB fish transmitter beams info to him anywhere in the house
Believe it or not, Tux Droid also doubles up as a wireless VoIP phone, an MP3 speaker and an alarm clock that rouses you with any sound you fancy. And thanks to nifty sound sensors you can program him to function as an intruder alarm. He'll even tell you how dark it is and turn off your telly! Versatile? He makes Bruce Forsyth look like a one-trick pony!
Tux Droid's back
Connect the fish via USB
Oh yes, did we mention that Tux Droid can talk? It's true - thanks to clever text-to-speech jiggery pokery this groundbreaking robo-bird can actually tell you when you have an appointment by 'reading' your Google calendar. Astonishing! In fact the only thing Tux Droid can't do is magic himself from our warehouse to your home. So hurry up and hit the Buy button. Squawk!
Cables and adaptors included
Tux Droid ONLY works on systems running Linux, NOT Windows PCs or Macintoshes
Wirelessly connects to your Linux PC
Sound and light monitors, which can be programmed to activate features
Button on his head and 'clickers' on either wing to activate commands
IR receiver for the remote control provided and IR transmitter
Motorised spinning motion, flashing eyes, blinking or speaking to alert you
Text to speech in 12 languages, including English, French, Belgian, Swedish, German, Spanish, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, American English and Portuguese
Open source software allowing for programming of widgets
Finished in a fogging skin material (similar to felt/velvet)
Some useful widgets
Program Tux Droid as an alarm clock so you can wake up to your favourite song
Let Tux Droid remind you when you have an appointment in your diary
Use his clickers on his wings as volume controls for your TV or MP3s
Take Tux Droid to your bathroom to listen to the news broadcast
Program Tux to be a remote control for your Linux PC, activating multimedia applications
Use Tux Droid as a portable speaker to stream music from your computer or internet radio
Program Tux Droid to function as a wireless VOIP phone
Use as a security device by utilising light sensors and the IR transmitter to turn on your TV when it gets dark
A 100% Linux® compatible PC or laptop
Supports Linux kernel 2.4 or later
A 800Mhz CPU or faster
128MB RAM or higher
An available USB port (1.1 or 2.0)
An internet connection
2.4 GHz wireless full-duplex digital link between the USB dongle and Tux Droid
Atmel AVR RISC microcontrollers (code is compiled with GCC and AVR-LIBC)
4Mbits flash memory for onboard sound
Push button on top of the head
Internal switch sensors in both wings that are triggered by pushing the wings
Volume control wheel
3.5mm mono audio socket for audio in
One blue LED in each eye
3.5mm stereo audio socket for audio out
Eyes: open and close
Beak: open and close
Wings: raise and lower
Rotation to the left and the right
Tux Droid (with lowered wings) approximately 21cm(H) x 18cm(W) x 14cm(D)
4x AAA rechargeable batteries - Included
DC-in 7,5 V for recharging of the batteries and powering from DC
Can Tux Droid connect to my Wi-Fi?
No, Tux Droid can't connect to a Wi-Fi router. The RF module indeed uses the 2.4GHz frequency band but the RF circuit is much simpler than a wifi chip and can't handle the IEEE 802.11 protocol and stack. Tux Droid can only connect to it's dongle which also means that you need a computer powered every time you want to use Tux Droid.
Can Tux Droid also work when my computer is turned off?
Tux Droid has a very basic set of standalone features that can just give it life even when the computer is shutdown. So you'll have to get your computer turned on and the dongle connected to really use your Tux Droid.
How do I load my sounds in the internal sound bank?
Tux Droid has the ability to store sounds internally. A default set of sounds is provided and can be found in the subversion repository under the sounds/original directory.
You must take care that only wav formatted files at 8kHz 8bits mono (or 8000Hz on 1 byte) are supported. In order to convert all your audio files in the current directory to /tmp, you can run the following command: for f in *.wav; do sox $f -c 1 -r 8000 -b /tmp/$f; done. You can then upload your sounds in Tux Droid using the gtdi utility, check the Audio tabs in it. Select your files one by one, click on add for each. When your list is complete, click on Store. When done, you can play each sounds by clicking their number in gtdi.