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The BIG BUDDY TALKER is an Arduino & Raspberry Pi compatible set that let's you add speech to your projects with a 1000+ word library !
394 backers pledged CA$ 14,172 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi everyone!

Thank you for having a gander at my 27th Kickstarter Campaign!  Have you ever wanted to integrate speech into your electronics projects?  Well let me introduce you to the BIG BUDDY TALKER!

About four Months ago, I began work on the Little Buddy Talker Kickstarter campaign.  The "LBT" had a library of 254 words.  All rewards were shipped out promptly  I had to much fun with that campaign, and the reception was so huge that I immediately began work on the BIG BUDDY TALKER.  It has to capability to house 1016x words/Sound bites!  

It is a small module that packs a BIG punch!  It communicates easily with programmable platforms via SPI!

YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE LIBRARY!

That's right!  If you pledge, you can submit word suggestions.  Currently, only half of the space on the BBT is being used!  I'm saving 500+ words for your requests and suggestions.  Simply add your requested words to the comment section of this campaign, and I'll do my best to ensure that everyone gets at least a few words in!

THE CURRENT 508 WORD LIBRARY:

The first 254 words are the original Little Buddy Talker Library words. The original "Little Buddy Talker" takes up one quarter of space, and consists of colours, commands, months/days/time, numbers, directions, feelings, units of measurement, security words, math lingo, and general words; all of which are spoken by a female voice with an English accent!

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The second quarter of space is allocated primarily to the alphabet. I've added the alphabet in seven different languages (English Man/English Woman/French/German/Italian/Portuguese/Russian/Spanish) , and even the NATO Phonetic alphabet in English. Here is the Alphabet library in full:

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 The Project Page & Lookup Table

This page will be updated as the campaign progresses.  All relative project data will be stored here, including updated versions of the word lookup table: http://www.engineeringshock.com/the-big-buddy-talker-project-page.html

Code Samples, & Project Videos:

At the end of this campaign, a comprehensive video manual, assembly video, library excel sheet, and fully commented code samples will be available to pledges.  A dedicated project page will be created on my website (http://www.engineeringshock.com/) specifically for pledges of this campaign.  If you wish to see the project page created for the Little Buddy Talker, then look no further!  Here it is! LBT Project Page: http://www.engineeringshock.com/the-little-buddy-talker-project-page.html

The Accessories:

Each kit or assembled BBT will come with 8x female to male connector cables, which allow for easy connection to your Arduino or other programming platform.  The BBT has a 5v (also 3.3v compatible) power supply line, a DC ground line, an SPI clock line, and SPI Data line, and four chip select lines - one for each of the four audio chips.

Some reward tiers come with a stereo cable that connects easily to the stereo input of your audio player (Bose player, computer speakers, etc).

Project Schedule:

This campaign is slightly longer than the last campaign, and the reason for this is that so many chips will have to be programmed.  Putting these sets together will take longer than the LBT.  Two weeks after this campaign launches, I will have enough information to forecast the necessary hardware requirements to fill all rewards.  From there, I will put in my orders to my component vendors, PCB manufacturer/assembling company.  I will keep in touch quite often through project updates.  I plan to send updates at least twice a week for the first three weeks of this campaign.

During the third week of this campaign, I will begin organising the words that have been suggested by pledges.  I will create the words, and then edit them so that they are formatted to work with the BBT.  Once the library for the third chip (254 words) is available, I'll send out a project video showing it off.  The same goes for the final chip, but I don't expect that I'll be able to complete that until the fourth or fifth week, as I expect that people will suggest words until late into the campaign.

By the time this campaign ends, I will have the complete 1016x word library finalised.  I will also have the video manual, and assembly video ready to view (For those who have DIY kits coming to them).  I will send out project updates with links as I publish each video, sot hat you can view them as I complete them.

The two weeks following the end of the campaign will be dedicated to chip programming, DIY kitting, the testing of assemblies, and the packing up of rewards.  At the beginning of the third week following the end of this campaign, reward shipment will commence.  I will keep you all updated regarding my progress.  The goal is to have all rewards shipped out two and a half weeks following the end of this campaign.  I was able to do this for the Little Buddy Talker campaign, and I look forward to doing it again!  Once all rewards are shipped, I will complete the project page, and send out a project update with the link.  Completing the project page will only take a few hours.

Rewards:  

Similar to the Little Buddy Talker campaign, I've done my best to keep rewards in an affordable price range. I've also tried to add many different reward options, so that pledges can choose from a wide selection.  If you'd like to see a reward tier that isn't available, send me a message, and I'll do my best to update the campaign with a reward tier that is suited to you  personally.

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter, and the Kickstarter community have been good to me for the past three years.  In return, I've always shipped rewards out on time,  Without this community of electronics enthusiasts, I wouldn't be able to bring so many of my ideas to life.  I love that people all over the world are enjoying my gadgets.  It is a truly humbling experience.  I hope to continue making projects like this one until I'm no longer able to.  I pride myself on running efficient and honest campaigns.  If I've gained your pledge, please know that I don't take your trust lightly.  It is my duty to get a qulaity reward shipped out to you on time. Thank you for your consideration!

Risks and challenges

For all of my campaigns, I have used the same manufacturer and component suppliers. They are 100% reliable, and easy to work with. The Little Buddy Talker campaign (My last campaign) was by far the largest campaign of my Kickstarter career, and I was about to get 600+ pledges shipped on time. The design for the Big buddy talker is finalised, and the only risk would be for a short delay in shipping. However, that might only happen if this campaign went gangbusters. Even if that were the case, I would have family and friends give me a hand with shipping. There is no risk relative to reward shipments being shipped, and next to no chance of a delayed reward shipment. If I've earned your pledged, then you can count on me to be true to my word, and dutiful when it comes to getting rewards shipped as fast as humanly possible. I don't doddle =) Thank you for your consideration!

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