'Talking Parrot' Robot Pipes Up When You Don't Expect It
This bird not only "parrots" what you say but also pipes up on its own.
CREDIT: Stewart Wolpin
This beautifully plumed dead parrot attached - but not nailed - to its branch perch comes "alive" – so to speak – when you talk to it.
Inside the base of the bird stand is a microphone and a recorder that is automatically activated when you begin to speak within three feet of it. The recorder stores up to 30 seconds of what you say or sing. The Talking Parrot repeats what it hears – twice, just like the stereotype of a real parrot in an altered high-pitched parrot voice. And while it's reciting, it flaps its beak and wings, turns its head, and shifts from side-to-side on its legs as realistically as a $15 robot parrot can move.
Polly, whose woodland stand doubles as a pen and paperclip desk holder, can also be chatty when not being spoken do – it'll squeak "hello," "I see you" and "I love you" in its parrot voice while randomly whistling and chirping.
Polly is powered by 3 AA batteries, just long enough for a prolonged squawk. An on/off switch makes sure Polly doesn't interrupt you while you're on a phone call, watching TV or simply pining for the fjords.