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"Tell Me When to Shut Up" Sensor

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Let's face it. There are some people out there who have been blessed with a voice that is just a little too powerful at times. We all know it is rude to blatantly ask a person to "shut up." Unfortunately, there are times when the favor must be asked, which can sometimes lead to an uncomfortable situation. What is my solution to this problem? Give this device to that person as a gift, have them pin it on, and let the machine do the talking! It will sound an alarm when the user reaches a talking level unsuitable for indoor use. This tutorial will show you how to go about creating this tool.
 
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Tools Needed:
  • needle-nosed pliers
  • any type of wire-cutting pliers
  • soldering iron
  • solder board
  • solder
  • computer with Arduino software http://arduino.cc/en/main/software
  • color-coded wire (5 colors)
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
Components:
Optional Components
  • static-proof plastic bag


Most local electronics/hobbies stores (Radioshack, etc.) will have all the supplies on hand except for the Arduino Uno and 9V battery component, and the electret mic. These can be ordered online, however. Just check out the links.

Step 2: Upload the Code to Arduino

  1. Grab a computer and check to see if you carry the Arduino software. More than likely you may not. However, it can easily be downloaded to any Windows/Mac computer through this link: http://arduino.cc/en/main/software
  2. Plug the USB cable provided with your Arduino into the device and the computer.
  3. Open the Arduino software and open a new document (Click "File_New" in top left corner of screen)
  4. Upload the following code (simply open the attachment below, then copy the code and paste it onto your newly created page)



MrE4 months ago
OH MY EVER LOVING GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!! I so need this I have this really, really loud voice. I am 39 and since about the age of 4 have been told I am to loud by just about everybody. I have been tested for hearing problems and there is nothing wrong. I just can't seem to control my voice level and it doesn't bother me a bit. My parents have gotten to the point where they have given up. It has literally ruined relationships for me hampered my social life. i need this in a set of glasses with no buzzer, this way I can just see a little led light in my vision center. Is there a way to make this smaller? I am going to make one but I need one that is more subtle and i hope to be able to do like biofeedback thing. Tghis way i can hope to train myself.
I thank you for making this and regardless of whether or not it can be made smaller I am going to make this.
MrE MrE4 months ago
P.s. Imagine this whole text in a really loud voice, like all capitals. :) Thanks again for this.
wilgubeast4 months ago
That's awesome. Looks like it could maybe kinda sorta use an enclosure of some kind. :D But as a prototype shutter-upper, it seems to hit the mark.
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