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Hey folks, this is my first post in the community area, I hope I'm posting in the right area. So here it is...I would like to build a little control panel for my kid for fun with a bunch of switches, knobs, and dials mounted on it. Just something to help boost his imagination when playing with his little Micro Machines. I'd like each knob, dial, etc to light up (if featured on that item) and for them all to play a particular sound when manipulated. So my question is, where do I start, and what do I start with in order to make this thing? I don't know if I should learn to program with Arduino or with a Raspberry Pi to get this thing moving. I'd like to mount an audio jack on the outside of the panel that I can hook to my stereo for higher quality sounds from the board.

Also, I'm open to paying someone with a good reputation here to do the software and electronics part of this project for me. I'd basically send you the panels with the switches mounted on it. But the price would have to be appropriate for this to happen. 

Thank you for looking, and your input guys/gals.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

8 years ago

You might be interested in a similar project which was published in MAKE Magazine volume 32, the "World Control Panel" (p. 134). It's a board with LEDs laid out like a RISK-style map of the world, with switches to light them up, sound effects, flashing, etc.

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BradysoBOT
BradysoBOT

Reply 8 years ago

Hi Kelsey, thanks for writing in! This is somewhat close but doesn't make the noises. I assume I'd need something with a processor of some type with an SD card to accomplish this?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 8 years ago

I think it depends on the noises you want. If you take apart a couple of those noisy greeting cards, you can see just how simple the circuit can be. I don't know the exact parts involved, but you should be able to source the necessary chips from Jameco, DigiKey, or whomever you like to use.

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BradysoBOT
BradysoBOT

Reply 8 years ago

I'd like for it to sample my 320kb files to play on the stereo to get a real Made in America kind of sound. I know those greeting cards, the trouble with those is that they each cost roughly 10 bucks which seems better put towards a Raspberry Pi if I want more than 3 sounds. But your suggestion is very helpful for wiring the board and making some of the dials etc light up.