Tux Droid

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The Tux Droid

Tux Droid is a Linux and Windows wireless Tux mascot (210mm x 180mm x 140mm - with lowered wings) with a programmable interface, allowing it to announce events by its gestures and by ALSA driven sound. The events are detected by specific gadgets, which are handled by the Tux Gadget Manager. The Tux Droid supports Linux kernel 2.4 or later and needs a 800 MHz CPU and 128 MB RAM. It communicates by infrared to the USB port (1.1 or 2.0) and for media detection it needs an internet connection. The mascot is driven by Atmel AVR RISC microcontrollers. The new version supports also Windows-based PCs. The Tux Droid can be used at XP and Vista (both at 32 Bit).


The mascot comes with a microphone and an infrared receiver, to perform a 2.4 GHz wireless full-duplex digital link between the USB dongle. The Tux Droid also has a light sensor and a push button on top of the head. Its gestures cover e.g. eye- and wing-movements, while switch sensors in both wings are triggered by pushing the wings. For its sound output there is a volume control wheel to control a speaker and a 3.5mm stereo audio socket for audio out.

The software, which comes with the mascot, so far combines just some primary gadgets (some more are under development, such as a Skype and an AI ALICE chat robot).

  • tuxgdg - Tux Gadget manager
  • Weather forecast gadget
  • Clock gadget
  • E-mail checker gadget
  • Voice recognition
  • Firmware updater wizard
  • Tux gadget maker toolkit
  • tuxd - USB daemon
  • tuxttsd - Text to Speech daemon
  • Python API
  • tuxsh - Tux Droid Shell
  • tuxup - firmware updater with the latest firmware files
  • tuxgi - Tux Droid graphical interface
  • Tux Droid original sound files + Tux Gadget manager interface sounds

Tux Droid is now compatible with Linux and Windows and available in over 11 languages including German.

See also

External links

fr:Tux Droid

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