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Hi all!

About a year ago, I designed an Arduino shield that allowed for you to add voice to your electronic designs.  I've since been able to minimise that design into a much less inexpensive, and smaller unit.  This unit has a 254 word library that 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 "Lucy" - A lovely female voice with an English accent! Meet "The Little Buddy Talker" Arduino compatible speech kit set!  It is Production Ready, and eager to land in your hands!

This little guy is easily soldered into a protoboard, connected to directly, or plugged into a breadboard.

The Library:

Below, I've used some basic code that instructs the LBT "Little Buddy Talker" to play all 254 words in succession.  Each word is addressed, and is controlled via SPI.  As long as your platform has SPI capability, you'll be able to control the LBT with no problem!

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Below is the link to the product page.  Currently, it only holds the downloadable library that shows each word, and it's SPI address.  I will be adding videos and Arduino code samples as the campaign rolls on:

http://www.engineeringshock.com/the-little-buddy-talker-project-page.html

You can connect to the SPI communication lines either from the top of bottom sides of the board, or from the left side of the board.  There are five connections that need to be made.  The 5v line pin is the power supply line, the GD line is the DC ground line, DI is the SKI data input line, SC is the SPI SCLK line, and the CS line is the "Chip Select" SPI pin.  

The Accessories:

Most reward tiers include 5x female-to-male wire connectors, which allow for you to connect your Little Buddy Talker unit to your SPI platform:

Some rewards include stereo cables, but many do not.  Stereo cables can be found in most households, and are sold at any dollar store you might come across.  The stereo cable connects between the Little Buddy Talker audio output jack, to the stereo input of any audio amplifier (Computer speakers, Bose players, etc).

Connecting To Your Little Buddy Talker!:

The Little Buddy Talker connects easily to any breadboard or prototyping PCB, which makes it SUPER simple to get your project off the ground immediately!

 

It takes mere seconds to connect your Arduino UNO to the Little Buddy Talker.  Mere seconds!  Five connections, and you're ready to rock and roll!  Connect the stereo cable from the LBT to the stereo input of your audio player, and you'll have variable volume at your fingertips!

Video Manual, Assembly Video, & Arduino Sample Code:

The Little Buddy Talker is SO easy to use, and it can be used with any platform that supports SPI.  I will be creating a detailed video manual, a comprehensive assembly video, and I'll also be offering Arduino sample code, that will allow for you to get started immediately!  All of this information will be available to pledges by the time the end of this campaign rolls around.  The project page (above) will be updated as information becomes available.

Why Kickstarter?

The process of designing and manufacturing devices like this is not cheap.  Without the help of the Kickstarter community, the Little Buddy Talker (along with most of my other designs) would never see the light of day.  They money made from this campaign will go towards purchasing large quantities of hardware.

Rewards:

I've done my best to keep the cost of pledges to a minimum for this campaign.  It is my hope that a ton of people will have a Little Buddy Talker in their hands at the end of this campaign.  I have done my best to create a wide array of reward tiers.  If you have a request for a custom reward tier, message me.  I'll do my best to accommodate you!  Reward shipments are expedited to be shipped out six weeks after this campaign begins (Two weeks after this campaign ends).  It is my primary goal to ensure that all reward shipments are sent out on time or early.  

Production Schedule:

For all of my campaigns, I use the same formula for my production schedule. The printed circuit boards are production ready, and are fully tested.  The software is also complete. All that needs to be done is to organise the production requirements, and order all of the required components and accessories. Rewards are due to be shipped two weeks after this campaign ends

Two weeks after this campaign begins, I should have a good forecast of what quantities of components and accessories are required to fill reward shipments. 

Three weeks into this campaign, all parts should be ordered. A project update will reflect this progress. By the fourth week of this campaign, the video manual, and assembly video should both be complete,and available to all pledges to view on the project page. 

This campaign ends after four weeks. The two weeks following will see the assemblies, components, and accessories trickle in. During this time, I will be updating the project page on my website which will house the chip library/address table, project related video links, and fully commented Arduino code samples. I will also be quality testing, and getting reward shipments ready. All rewards should be out the door two weeks after this campaign ends.

Thank you all for your consideration.  I sincerely hope that I've captured your interest!  If I've earned your pledge, then please know that I am dutifully working hard to ensure that your reward ships out either on time, or early!

Gratefuly yours,

Patrick Mitchell

Risks and challenges

There is no risk at all, relative to rewards being shipped out. Twenty four out of my last twenty five campaigns have been successful, and rewards were always shipped on time or early. The only risk is the potential of a short delay on reward shipment due to popularity, but that isn't likely. Most of my campaigns have been relatively small, and even if this were to be my most prominent campaign, I've got enough support and experience behind me to manage bulk reward shipments in a timely manner. If I've been lucky enough to garner your pledge, then please know that I'm working tirelessly to get your rewards shipped out promptly!

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