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.
Step 1: Parts list
This was a long project so I won't attempt to list everything but the key elements are:
-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)
-Mirror window tint
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.