The talking skull is not only a fun item to have around,
but the kit itself contains portions that should be interesting
to many different hobbyists as it requires drilling, sanding,
soldering, wiring, audio, and even a bit of robotics. Using
the controls on the board, you should be able to adjust
the skull to provide a very realistic sync with all kinds of
different audio source. My daughter likes to put various
pop-music CDs in the player and watch the skull sing with
the voice of stars like Britney Spears or Hannah Montana.
To see some videos of the finished
talking skulls from our Make and
Take, check out Resources for links.
project. If you have any questions or if you would like to
share your thoughts on the Talking Skull Kit, please stop by
the Nuts & Volts forums where you can discuss projects,
share pictures and videos, or get ideas from other builders.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel
free to send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. NV
Just in time for Halloween! The Talking Skull kit is
available NOW in the Nuts & Volts online store! Visit
http://store.nutsvolts.com to order yours today!
If the audio servo kit is intriguing
but seems like a one trick pony (or
maybe you’re just not into Halloween),
remember that there are lots of other
uses for this board. Instead of buying
the skull kit, you could purchase just
the board and servo motor for use in
animating other props or puppets.
The board is well suited to making a
talking Santa Claus, a group of
singing elves, a wise-cracking easter
bunny, or a chatty Christmas present
(Figure 19). It can be used anywhere
you want to move an object in
relation to an audio source.
That about wraps it up for this
■ Scary Terry’s web page
■ The Robot Group
■ Cowlacious Designs kit manuals
■ Videos of the Talking Skull system in
■ TXFx group
■ Video from the Make and Take
■ Nuts & Volts Webstore
■ Haunted MP3 files courtesy of
Hedstrom Music: www.hedstrom.net
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