Wu-Tang Can: Interactive Tipping




Introduction: Wu-Tang Can: Interactive Tipping

About: I spend my time somewhere between engineering and art.

Cash rules everything around me.
Get the money.

Arduinos are showing up everywhere. Even in space. But what about the lowly tip jar?

Are Arduino projects giving the Wu-Tang Clan the proper respect they deserve?
Not even close!

That's what this is about.

Interactive tipping.
Dolla dolla bill y'all.

Step 1: Materials

Here's what you need.

Can - My can used to hold beans. I ate those beans and kept the can.
Wave Shield - Adafruit
SD Card - For holding the sound files.
Audio Amplifier - The wave shield has a really low volume coming off of the shield. You need to amplify it.
Ultra Bright LED
1K resistor
300 ohm resistor
Spray Paint - I used a matte black
2" speaker - Jameco
Scrap upholstery fabric for the speaker cover
M3-10 Bolts with Nuts

Tools used:
Soldering Iron
3D Printer
Laser Cutter
Hot glue gun

Step 2: Print the Wu-Tang Can Lid

Print it. On a 3D printer. I printed it one an Objet Connex 500... because I could. I modeled it on Autodesk Fusion 360... because I should (and would).

I ran lip test before printing out the full lid. I wanted to make sure that it would snap onto the lip of the can and stay on. First test print was a dismal failure (too small). Second print was successful. Huzzah!

The lid contains mounting for the LED and the photoresistor and snaps for the speaker. When I was putting attaching the speaker, one of the snaps broke off. Oh well. That's what hot glue is for.

Step 3: Assemble the Wave Shield

TL;DR Adafruit has all the documentation to do this.

I use the Wave Shield a lot. It is a fickle shield. I've spent so much time troubleshooting it that I've come across and overcome a lot of the limitations. I think it's because of this that I keep using it. Adafruit has told me that they are redesigning it. I'm looking forward to this.

Here's an earlier write up (step 2) on getting the Wave Shield soldered and tested.

Step 4: Amplify It/Solder It

The audio off the Wave Shield is enough for headphones but not nearly enough for the Wu-Tang Can. You could buy an small amplifier but I decided to make my own because I don't like to wait for shipments to arrive. It isn't conducive to my building method (as fast as possible to get it 95% finished and a few weeks of procrastination to finish the last 5%).

I used the standard (and simple) LM386 amplifier circuit. It has a gain of 20 which will be more than enough. If you max out the volume on the Wave Shield and the amplifier circuit, the audio will get very distorted. Clippin' ain't easy.

I also put in a toggle switch to turn it on (or off!).

The circuit below is for the LED and photoresistor coupling. When cash is deposited, it blocks the LED triggers the code to play the audio.

Step 5: Cutting Stuff With Lasers

I used the laser cutter to cut out an electronics mounting plate to attach to lid. I used 1/8 inch plywood for this and attached it with a couple of random machine screws and bolts that I had laying around.

I also used the laser cut to cut out the "TIPS" stencil. I used card stock for this but something a little bit more flexible would work better. Of course the TIPS stencil had to be in true Wu-Tang style, therefore Bard font was used.

Step 6: Stencil the Can

People need to know that it's for their monies. Tape the stencil onto the can and cover it up the rest of the can. I used a matte black primer.

Step 7: Assemble the Lid

Before assembling everything together, I took some scrap upholstery fabric and cut a circle out that was just a little bit larger than the diameter of the speaker. I'm hoping this will create a little bit a barrier between the speaker and some kid's finger. Mainly it was because I thought it would look classy.

I used some Krazy Glue to attach the fabric to the bottom of the lid, underneath the Wu-Tang symbol and hot glued the speaker on top of the fabric.

The toggle switch slides into the hold on the back of the lid and has hardware to securer it.

The Arduino can be attached with the bolts onto the interior holes of the laser cut mounting plate. The mounting plate bolts onto two connectors on the lid.

Finally the lid should snap onto the can with the electronics inside. Turn it on and get the monies.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great Instructable! I'll probably do something like this for halloween.

    I have the wave shield too, but haven't really used it for much of anything yet, just the example sketches. I'm interested in what kind of problems you've come across that you've resolved or worked around. Would you be able to share those? What other limitations have you run into? (Other than the need to have mono 22KHz, 12bit WAV files )


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The file specifications is annoying. In your code you cannot name your wave file over 8 characters (8 characters + ".wav"). If you name it over 8 characters it won't play. This one took a few hours to figure out. For some reason soldering together this kit is easy to mess up. I've done it myself and I've seen numerous students do it. Check to see which pins are already being used by the shield before using any of the digital pins. I've used various software to try and format the files into the correct wave format and it won't work. When I do it in iTunes with the exact same settings, it does work. I don't quite understand that one... There might be other ones.
    That being said, I still like this board and I use it more than any other shield. I would love to have a redesign that had the Atmega328 included on it. Small form factor to embed into projects and having all the useable pins available for external components... my heart is racing just thinking it!


    8 years ago

    Imma tell you like Wu told me...


    8 years ago on Introduction

    lol for that tip jar,

    but Love that floating table, i d love to try and eat at that table