Introduction: How to DIY a Gatling Gun-Style Voice-Controlled Wi-Fi Speaker

Hey guys, we launched a project to Kickstarter days ago - ReSpeaker. And this project is based on ReSpeaker.

There are many instructables/tutorials showing how to DIY a speaker, but none of them have shown how to DIY a Voice-Controlled Wi-Fi Speaker, not even to mention that it also comes with an awesome appearance. In this instructable we will be showing how to use ReSpeaker - an open modular voice-enabled development board to make your own Gatling Gun-Style smart wireless speaker.

Step 1: What Do We Need

Fastener Parts:

  • M3*25 Pillars —— 6 PCS
  • M3*40 Pillars —— 6 PCS
  • M3*90 Pillars —— 6 PCS
  • M2*10 Pillars —— 3 PCS
  • M3*8 Screws —— 12 PCS
  • M3*6 Screws —— 2 PCS
  • M3* 8 Tapping Screws —— 5 PCS
  • M2*6 Screws —— 6 PCS
  • M3 Nuts —— 2 PCS

Material:

  • Acrylic panels
  • Acrylic tube
  • Mesh Iron sheet

Hardware:

  • Audio amplifier board Power
  • Adapter Audio cable
  • Respeaker

Tool:

  • Screw Driver

Step 2: Fix the Audio Amplifier Board

Use 2 M3*6 screws and 2 M3 nuts Fixed the Audio amplifier board, Note that there may be many holes on the amplifier board, but we only need two of them.

Step 3: Install the Mesh Iron Sheets

1. Installation M3 screws and M3 × 25 pillars in the base plate
2. Installation mesh iron sheets

Step 4: Fix the Sound Chamber

Use M3* 8 Tapping Screws fixed the sound chamber and Acrylic panels.

Step 5: Fix the Pilars

Fixed M3*90 pillars, then install the acrylic plate, and then fixed the M3*40 pillars.

Step 6: Install the Hardware

Use M2*10 pillars and M2 screw fix respeaker to acrylic panel

Put respeaker to the top

Step 7: Fix the Top Acrylic Board

Put the mesh iorn sheet around the pillars, and use M3 screw fixed the acrylic panel.

Step 8: Done~

Gatling gun sideways put really like ah ~ ~

But honestly, the sound quality to be improved ~~~

Comments

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RonnyW (author)2016-09-12

Explain how this is a Gatlin Gun type Speaker and not just a speaker in a six sided case.

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RonnyW (author)2016-09-12

Oh and also shoot the video in the same room you test the speaker. There was too much background noise etc. going on to be able to listen to what was being said.

Cheers Mak

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RonnyW (author)2016-09-12

you need to reshoot this video and have someone who is more an actor who can explain the product without stops or jumps in his explanation. The video you have doesn't really tell you anything and the speaker on that unit is lacking the way it was recorded. Needs to be in a quiet room without background noises. Etc. This looks like a cool idea and would be a nice build for my nephews to do. Let us know plainly where to get the parts for this thing. How much time we will need to use on the CNC or whatever' machine. Many of us rent time on those machines. Thanks n good luck

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Irwini (author)2016-09-12

It looks for me like a commercial for this Kickstarter product. I mean - i cant see any tutorial here. You have screwed some professional laser-cut plexiglas parts together, and tadaaaaaaa - we have a speaker. Thats not how DIY works.

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Seeed Studio (author)Irwini2016-09-12

Hi, thank for your attention about this project, we will think about your suggestion and more details.

Thanks.

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fhartmann (author)Irwini2016-09-12

Exactly my thoughts too. :/

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svigness (author)2016-09-11

really looks cool

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Seeed Studio (author)svigness2016-09-12

Hi, thank you!

Really glad that you like.

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CédricM1 (author)2016-09-11

Nice idea but using a kickstarter as the main hardware component
isn't very helpfull how can we build this stuff if the hardware doesn't
exist ?. This sound's more like a shameless advertisement to fund your
project.

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Seeed Studio (author)CédricM12016-09-12

Hi, I'm sorry to cause you trouble.

As I had said below, we are the application team at Seeedstudio, our job is to make something funny with our products, then share to the community, which include Instructables.

Instructables is nice community with so many real makers, and you know, we are a company that serve the makers. So it's not hard to understand that we want more and more people know about us, know about our products.

And we will continue to make something funny.

Thanks for your attention :)

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Abhijit Borah (author)2016-09-11

Nice design, it will appeal to young people. Great project too. The Respeaker seems to be available only in Kickstarter.

author

This ReSpeaker will available soon. If guys has nice ideas about how to use this modules, they can be one of our alpha users and have the opportunity to get a free sample.

Thanks.

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PatrickT29 (author)2016-09-12

I feel like this was a bait and switch. Not much instruction going on and it centers upon a Kickstarter project that isn't even completed yet. Clearly you are just trying to drum up more support for your product and won't even own up to this thinly veiled advertisement.

It makes me wonder if you will somehow cut and run with all the money from Kickstarter.

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Seeed Studio (author)PatrickT292016-09-12

Hi, I'm sorry to cause you trouble.

As I had said below, we are the application team at Seeedstudio, our job is to make something funny with our products, then share to the community, which include Instructables.

Instructables is nice community with so many real makers, and you know, we are a company that serve the makers. So it's not hard to understand that we want more and more people know about us, know about our products.

Be honest, we don't have any cooperation with Instructables. You will find that we had made more than 60 projects already, most them got only hundreds views, then why don't we pay for each of our projects?

Thanks for your attention :)

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jdanderson1 (author)2016-09-12

Nice project but didn't see much of an instructable here

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cuyler1 (author)2016-09-11

How is the voice control operated?

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BigbobM (author)2016-09-11

Cool project! You mentioned "the sound quality [could] be improved" at the end there... There are some resources available online for calculating the ideal size of enclosures for speakers, especially for a tuned low-frequency cavity such as one used in a subwoofer. I believe using such tools you should be able to improve the volume and quality tremendously without compromising the shape and aesthetic of the project!

The tools were developed for DIY audiophile speaker enthusiasts making custom wood cabinets for their speakers, but with the advent of 3D printing and laser cutting materials, I believe the gap between high-end and DIY can be bridged.

Here are a couple tools I found with a quick googling for "speaker tuning calculator":

http://www.linearteam.dk/default.aspx?pageid=ventc...

http://www.bcae1.com/spboxnew2.htm

There are many more to be found, probably some that would better fit the scope of the project. At the end of the day you could vastly improve the quality by utilizing some of these tools to get a properly tuned speaker cavity!

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Seeed Studio (author)BigbobM2016-09-11

Thank you very very much! the information you provide is very valuable! For my future design is very helpful, thank you for sharing again! Cheers!

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JunezRiyaz (author)2016-09-09

Nice project

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Seeed Studio (author)JunezRiyaz2016-09-11

Thank, hope you like it.

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Shani Druker (author)2016-09-09

wow!! Nice making.

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Thank you !

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mrmichaejones (author)2016-09-11

Shameless! This is the respeaker commercial arm as advertised on Kickstarter. I don't mind but you could make it clear that this is really a pitch to sell your kits.

author

Hi, I want to make it clear that we are the application team from SeeedStduio, our job is to make something funny that used our products, and share to the community. Actually we had a statement at our bio already. If you had concerned about us before, you will find that we had shared 65 projects at Instructables already. And in fact, I don't think it any shameless at all.

And the most important is, we will continue to share projects that used our products to the community, include Instructables. Anyway, hope you will like it someday.

Thanks.

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MakerBox (author)2016-09-08

awesome design!

i'd love to build one , but i's a pity that it has to have so many power inputs

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JoeS94 (author)MakerBox2016-09-11

Then, as makers, we add to the design to make it truly wireless, be out battery or solar or whatever. Power not a problem, just an opportunity.

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Kaptainkrip (author)2016-09-08

where do you get the bits?

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NoskW (author)Kaptainkrip2016-09-09

https://github.com/respeaker
Here you can find many code about respeaker~~

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Seeed Studio (author)Kaptainkrip2016-09-09

Some of them got from Taobao. :)

Thanks.

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taifur (author)2016-09-08

Nice making. Thanks for sharing.

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Seeed Studio (author)taifur2016-09-09

Thanks.

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