Man Hacks Amazon's Alexa Into A Talking Skull Head

March 14, 2017


This is a video demonstration of Yorick (named after the skull of the former court jester in Shakespeare's Hamlet), an animatronic talking skull that 'aspiring roboticist' Mike McGurrin hacked to act as the face of Amazon Echo's Alexa. It's pretty cool, I just wish he'd also changed the voice so it sounds more like what you'd expect a talking skull to sound like instead of Alexa. Also if it bled from the eyes when it talked that would be pretty sweet. And, I dunno, maybe give it a wizard hat or something.

Keep going for a picture explaining how it works and a couple videos, the second of which is Yorick being sassy.


Thanks to TJ, who wants to do the same thing except with a real skull and the voice of Skeletor.

  • jodyberry

    It's Achmed, the dead terrorist!

  • Don Stanley

    That is what I was thinking, now if we can change the voice. If not. Then

    " I kill you"

  • Dimitris

    That's Morte

  • Lars Thorsen

    "...Yorick (named after the talking skull in Shakespeare's Hamlet)" I am pretty sure Yoricks' remains do not talk in Hamlet. He's just dead and freshly dug up by grave diggers for reasons. This might be useful as a Holloween prop perhaps?

  • Pete Dufault

    Is it a hack if the toy was designed to do that very thing?

  • This is the best thing I've seen today. The cheerful, informative skull is here to walk you through life with its perpetual toothy grin.

  • Ollie Williams

    Precise voice/jaw movement or GTFO.

  • Adibobea9

    Jaw movement is good enough, I don't need to hear anything…

  • D3Fd0ck


  • Ollie Williams

    How dare you condense me down to three words (technically two because "gon" is not a word) in all upper case letters. I am more than my phrases, sir. I am a proud black man with feelings and emotions. I am a man with dreams of becoming more than the token meteorologist. How dare you. How dare you indeed.

  • D3Fd0ck

    The man asked for the weather. How the hell can you amount to anything, when you already have your job taken by a robot? Are you sure your proud to be a black man?

    Someone sounds oppressed

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