A man has used Amazon's Alexa to create a terrifying skeletal assistant


At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show it felt like Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa was being integrated into everything. Now one tech fan has taken it even further by turning Alexa into a talking skull. It’s more alarming than the Amazon Echo, that’s for sure. 

As part of what he calls the Yorick project, computer and robotics hobbyist Mike McGurrin used an old Halloween decoration to transform Amazon’s personal assistant and detailed the process in his blog.

The blog describes how McGurrin used a 3-axis talking skull with moving eyes that had been a gift from his wife and combined it with a Raspberry Pi and the AlexaPi software to bring the skeletal personal assistant to life. 

Using your head

We’ve seen Alexa integrated into everything from smartphones to fridges to alarm clocks, but McGurrin says his project was inspired by a hack which put the Alexa technology into an animatronic singing fish.