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This Arduino project is a throwback to several carnival and novelty arcade games from when I was a kid. I’ve done many Arduino projects, but this is my first project that was my own design. Prior to this, I generally followed someone else’s design or idea.
My main motivation was to try to understand using the Adafruit Wave shield. Someday I would like to have the Arduino also control the servo that controls the skull, but for this project the talking skull portion was a kit. There are other talking skulls available (Talking thru Boris, a halloween decoration that can be found on auction sites).
I also wanted to build this as inexpensively as possible & use parts that are either things I already had on hand, or parts that are plentiful & cheap.
Using this approach often makes the finished project more unique.
A note about the video: I removed the glass to make the project more visible in the video.
 
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Step 1: Parts list

This was a long project so I won't attempt to list everything but the key elements are:
-Arduino
-Wave shield & SD card(Adafruit)
-Talking skull (I got mine from Nuts & Volts)
-potentiometer (Radio Shack)
-coin op mechanism (Adafruit)
-inexpensive computer speakers (Thrift store)
-LED strip lights (online supplier)
-UV LED lights(online supplier)
-Windshield wiper motor (salvage)
-11X14 frame
-Mirror window tint
-3/4" plywood 
-1/2 doors
-flocked paper 
I will try to point out helpful parts throughout the instructable but slight alterations in the design should make it easier to utilize parts you already have.
revmitcz8 months ago

I realize I'm way late to the party here, but this is just fantastic. I genuinely want to try and make this, but I have a few questions (knowing nothing at all about Arduino programming, but knowing programming basics from years of JS and PHP) :

  1. What is the button on the front connected to?
  2. It looks like, based on the code, you'd originally intended the machine to read the pot value BEFORE the coin is inserted, and just running from there. Do you have a version of the code that resembles the "select mood, then press button" version?
  3. Since the Talking Skull Kit seems to be discontinued, I was thinking of combining this instructable with yours : http://www.instructables.com/id/Talking-Arduino-Ha... -- unless you know of another place to get the talking skull kit you found.

Thanks for posting this - it's a thing of beauty!

blackfire4116 (author)  revmitcz8 months ago

Hey, I sent you a message addressing your questions but I'm starting to wonder if you ever got it. In the event you didn't get it, let me know and I'll resend.

Thanks

Yeah, I got your reply and I've just been really busy (from moving) lately. MUCH appreciate the additional help you sent along. Looking forward to putting something like this together in a few months.

64001 year ago
wow cool ... I was so keen to make it. Are there any you design a series of projects?

Thankz
blackfire4116 (author)  64001 year ago
I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have, I'm not sure what it is you want to know. Can you be more specific?
Cheechy8082 years ago
Great job! this thing is awesome! IDK if these are stupid questions but, if there is a mirror tint on it, how do you see through? And does the skeleton head come with the EVIL, SARCASTIC, etc. knob and would it work without the case, coin op, etc.? Thanks and again, awesome fortune teller!
blackfire4116 (author)  Cheechy8082 years ago
Thanks for the compliment! I wanted the mirror tint on it so that it'd be a surprise to the user what was behind the glass, the illumination inside is enough to make the prop visible in moderate room lighting. Really, this is the only part of this project that I have contemplated changing, I like subtlety, but to compete with other novelties your better off going over the top.
The skeleton head is very simple in its operation. If there's sound, it drives the servo in it designated rotation, and if there isn't sound, it returns to the start position. It isn't perfect but works pretty well. If your recording sounds for it you'd want to avoid any sounds that aren't audible enough to drive the servo (typically "S" sounds).
There is no such thing as a dumb question to me, I'm not really much of a technical person, I just figure out a way to do what I want to do.
chipper352 years ago
This is 124 pounds of heart-warming EXCELLENCE......!!!! That's what this is!!

The "thing" is cool.......and so is the Instructable!!
blackfire4116 (author)  chipper352 years ago
Thank you so much for the compliment! I've made many projects over the years but this is the first time I had ever went through the trouble to document it. In the past maybe 7 or 8 people might see what I've completed, and their friends, so their opinion is biased. it certainly is nice to get input from other creators.
I can't download the pdf version of this. Author, could you check your link?
Dude this is EPIC!!
Bea-U-Ti-Ful!!! I have a friend that is gonna flip when she sees this!!!
blackfire4116 (author)  javajunkie19762 years ago
Thanks, It's kind of difficult to capture a good video of it, so it's nice to have the feedback!