Introduction: The Steampunk, Brain Driven, Story Teller

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A couple of month ago I build a "Brain driven computer" to be used as a story teller. But I decided to have stand alone story teller to carry around with me. May be in an airships cabin or on an expedition. I found that a little brain is enough to store a lot of information.
So I build a life support system and a sound system to control the brain and listen to its voice.  ;-)

Step 1: What You Need...

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You need:
  1. A Halloween brain
  2. A MP3 Player that is able to store the current position of the track. (search Amazon for a VAIOS MP3 player
  3. An amplifier that operates at 3 - 5Volt
  4. Some switches
  5. A speaker
  6. Some pieces of MDF
  7. Metal paint
  8. A brass horn or similar (may be a paper cone will work as well)
  9. Fantasy ;-)

Step 2: The Player

Picture of The Player
  • Disassemble the player and remove the switches
  • Solder wires to the switch contacts
  • Remove the batteries
  • Solder cables to the status LED
  • Solder cables to + and - connector

A long push to the play / pause switch stores the actual position of the tack and switches the player off.
If the power was switched off and on again it will start at the stored position.

Step 3: Building the Case

Picture of Building the Case

I used some parts of MDF to build the case. I used a some drills to make some space inside the MDF platters to build a case.

Step 4: The Brain

Picture of The Brain

I made a vulcan fibre ring and a postal for the brain. The status LED will lit the brain during operation.
A jar is used to seal the brain.

Step 5: Mounting of the Parts

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The rest was "case building"
I painted the parts with brass ans metal paint (black)
The output of the MP3 player is converted to mono by using two 32 Ohm Resistors.
I used an old headphone cable to connect the MP3 payer to the amp.
The batteries are connected via the switch to its origin connectors.
In the back of the brain stand I drilled a 10mm hole to connect the USB cable for charging and interfacing the player.
The switches are connected to the origin control switches of the payer.

A long push to the play / pause switch stores the actual position of the tack and switches the player off.
If the power was switched off and on again it will start at the stored position.

Comments

longwinters (author)2012-06-06

You know you have achieved a nice effect when a numb skull like me thinks,
sure it looks good now but what about when the brain dies.

;-)

Tja, this could be a challenge. But the life support system is good enough to keep it longer than the batteries of an iPOD :-)

bricabracwizard (author)2012-06-01

I love this! Where do you find the time?
As the guys below said where's the video of this great artefact?

BrefelanDesigns (author)2012-05-29

Nicely done,
Mr. Steam...
Do you perhaps,
happen to have a video of it in action?

I agree.

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