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Master Geek

# 238066 2-Jul-2018 07:01
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I have an old helicopter frame which I’m making into a play thing for the kids. I’d like to have a few switches and buttons inside the cockpit which will generate different sound effects.

Can anyone suggest ideas for ways of accomplishing this please?

Research to date shows some Arduino solutions but not sure if this over complicating it.

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  # 2047137 2-Jul-2018 07:31
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What about a cheap kids fisher price steering wheel type toy, and take it apart, or extend the wires into the switches you're making.  You might even be able to pick on up at a salvation army/op shop type place



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  # 2047192 2-Jul-2018 08:30
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How about this?

Hook up a battery, a speaker, some buttons and resistors. I suggest AD work mode, as described in section 5.2 here:

You might find a similar module on TradeMe.

Hooking it up to an Arduino will give you a little more versatility, but it might not be necessary.


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Master Geek

  # 2047763 2-Jul-2018 18:18
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Yeah that is one of the solutions I came across. Doesn’t look tooooo difficult but have to admit I know next to nothing about electronics.


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  # 2047774 2-Jul-2018 18:40
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This sounds like exactly what you want, Adafruit sound FX board. Comes in either 2MB or 16MB memory and various output configurations.
about US$20 plus postage of amazon.
Load sounds via MicroUSB socket onto board. Hook up upto 8 push button switches.
Sound qualty is good too.

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Master Geek

  # 2047913 2-Jul-2018 22:43
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That sounds absolutely perfect! Gonna give it a go. Thanks!

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