Remember Big Mouth Billy Bass? You know, the fish that sings that “Take Me to the River” song that no one really knows the lyrics to. While you won't find as many of them gracing the walls of basement entertainment rooms as you would in the 2000s, one man has found the perfect use for the iconic wall art.
Brian Kane, a developer by trade, recently took to Facebook to share his modified Big Mouth Billy Bass, which now channels Alexa, the voice-activated virtual assistant from Amazon.
Ask Alexa a question, and her voice comes out of the fish's mouth. It's a great strategy for giving unsuspecting guests a shock.
Kane told Mashable he created the Alexa-speaking fish using Arduino.
“This piece was an in-class demo to show the students how to rapid prototype a concept and get it working quickly, so that we can test new ideas on people and make decisions,” he said. “We're looking at AI as artists and designers, making new experiences and using the design process to find out what life can be like in a world of intelligent machines.”
Kane's website also boasts a particularly intriguing message, for fans of his Billy Bass project: “If you liked the fish, you'll love the cat.”