Lately I've been wanting to reverse engineer blinky musical toys and rebuild them with Arduinos to inspire kids & new coders. It might be an interesting way to help kids to demystify electronics around them. Wanna try it with me? Anyone who's interested in the Arduino is welcome! A mix of experienced and new coders would be ideal.
7/15 EDIT: Due to summer vacation schedules, we will be using the forum (not Google hangout) for this collaboration. If interested, post your thoughts, ideas, how-to instructions to this thread.
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Post: Reply to this post with a picture and a short video of a simple, battery operated, blinky musical toy.
Play & Discover: How does this store bought toy work? Together we can try identifying components and their littleBits equivalents.
Inspiration from other Bitsters:
Here are a couple examples of recently uploaded Arduino melody players. Feel free to reply with more examples if you like.
It sounds like this when I put it together:
I hope you don't mind that I added an led, @pjd
Brainstorm: How would you redesign the store bought toy circuit? What theme would you choose (OLYMPICS!!!!)? How could you express that theme in decorations and music?
Create & Share: Upload your blinky chiptunes toy to littlebits.cc/invent with pictures and video. Before final publish, we contact each other with ideas, inspiration, and requests for help when stuck.
7/15 EDIT: Publish your invention with an Olympic theme and a video of it working by Sept 5, 2016 for a chance to win $1,000 of Bits!! Take the BitOlympics Challenge: http://littlebits.cc/challenges/bitolympics-2016
Waddya think? Heart and/or reply if interested. @name a friend, too!