Hawaii Five-0 Theme Song Inspires Retro-Futuristic User-Selectable MP3 Doorbell
This is a great story from start to finish that starts with the finished project and then goes back to the beginning and through the entire learning, adjusting, and modifying-along-the-way process, including quirks, bugs, and “aha!” moments. I especially dig the evolving ‘checklist’ of features and steps necessary for completion – that’s a pretty interesting admission in addition to the straight build notes, 3D .stl files, and code.
(Kind of makes me think of a doorbell you might in a movie like Fifth Element.)
One of my daughters lives in a college house with a bunch of students. The address has the number “5050” in it. This gave them the idea. “Could you build us a doorbell that played The Hawaii 50 these song?” And of course, being ignorant, I was all “Sure not a problem!” And my unimaginable nightmare begin..
VS1053 Codec + MicroSD Breakout – MP3/WAV/MIDI/OGG Play + Record – v4: This breakout board is the ultimate companion for the VLSI VS1053B DSP codec chip. The VS1053 can decode a wide variety of audio formats such as MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, MIDI, FLAC, WAV (PCM and ADPCM). It can also be used to record audio in both PCM (WAV) and compressed Ogg Vorbis. You can do all sorts of stuff with the audio as well such as adjusting bass, treble, and volume digitally. There is also 8 GPIO pins that can be used for stuff like lighting up small LEDs or reading buttons. Read more.
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Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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