This AI-Powered Raspberry Pi 'Swear Bear' Berates You for Using Curse Words

A photo of the sworn bear with a grawlix standing for a swear word.8 bits and one byte

If an old-fashioned de jure pot isn’t enough to curb your sailor’s mouth, it’s time to ask the sworn bear for a hand. Developped by 8 bits and one byte, Swear Bear is a Raspberry Pi powered AI that keeps track of your profanity and shames you every time she hears a dirty word. Oh… fiddlesticks.

Teaching a stuffed animal to recognize profanity is no easy task. Yet the 8 Bits and One Byte creators managed to do so using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, a first generation. Google AIY voice kit, a microphone and the Verification of profanity Python library. Swear Bear also uses ThingSpeak and Google cloud to keep track of your potty mouth, and he uses a pair of speakers to whisper “oh my god” whenever he hears profanity.

Anyone can assemble a sworn bear using 8 bits and one byte Instructable guide. Of course, there is a lot of flexibility in this design. You can, for example, change Swear Bear’s “oh my dear” reaction to something more threatening, or keep the bear offline instead of connecting it to the cloud. And as the Raspberry Pi Foundation notes in its cover, you can even replace the first generation Google AIY voice kit with a newer, slimmer one Google AIY Voice Kit version 2.

Swear Bear might be a bit square, but it’s easy to build and could be a fun project for kids or beginner programmers. Choose an old stuffed animal, order a Google AIY kit and open the Instructable guide to build your own friend discouraging profanity.

Source: 8 bits and one byte via Raspberry Pi Foundation

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