DJ Harrigan Blends Reality with Fiction by Creating an Animatronic, Alexa-Powered GLaDOS

Inspired by the antagonist from Valve’s Portal series, Harrigan has combined a custom-built animatronic and an Echo to create GLaDOS.

Maker DJ Harrigan has blended two worlds with the creation of a voice assistant which combines Amazon’s popular Alexa with Portal’s fictitious but reasonably murderous artificial intelligence GLaDOS.

For the past seven months, Harrigan has been working to bring GLaDOS, the iconic artificially-intelligent testing-hungry antagonist from Valve’s Portal franchise, out of the game world and into the real. Initially, the plan was relatively simple: “I’m building a scaled animatronic version of GLaDOS (as she looks in Portal 2),” Harrigan explained at the project’s launch.

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