The UWA UCC has completed their latest robotics/AI project in their 25th year by replacing the brains of a Furby with a uCsimm running the 68EZ328 port of uClinux.
This project was inspired by the MIT Media Lab's Mort and the HackFurby.com crew.
All the internal sensors were interfaced to the I2C bus of the uCsimm using a TI MSP430 Ultra Low Power Microcontroller for all sensors and the speech output. (Our preliminary design was based on the Philips PCF8591 however it was decided that speech output was a priority and clearly something this chip would not handle well.)
The Furby's IR sensor and transmitter are connected to the TI MSP430 however we are yet to implement the Furby protocol so at present uCsimby is waiting for his mate to be constructed (or for someone to implement the IR protocol of standard Furbies).
Some sounds of the uCfurby, or as we prefer to call him uCsimby, will soon be online.
We hope to have constructed a mate for uCsimby by the UCC 25th Luncheon on the 25th of July for a demonstration using the IR for discussions as we don't expect our speech recognition software to be capable of running on the uCsimm's DragonBall by this date.
More details should be here soon.