Family Feud Buzzer Help! (I searched the forums, I swear this is different!)

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by VideoAlchemist, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. VideoAlchemist

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    Hi All!
    Let me start by saying I DID search the forums and while there are a few close calls, nothing really is the same as this. Anyway, If you've ever seen "Family Feud" you know that there's a face-off podium that the players smack on to buzz in. Once a button is hit, the other is locked out and lights on that side of the podium flash and a noise is heard. (I have an audio file of the sound, it's actually from Family Feud).

    I have the two large "buttons" that I bought from a Staples store (They're large novelty "EASY" buttons, I gutted the electronics so they're just momentary switches now).

    What I'd need is some clue as to how to build a circuit that could do all this: run the lights, play the sound, lock the other player out, and reset itself after it does all this. Any help you could give would be GREATLY appreciated. If someone out there who does this for a living would put something together for me I'd GLADLY pay them (as long as it's not like a new car or something... LOL).
    Thank you!
    -James P.
    poppiesny@yahoo.com
     
  2. KMoffett

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  3. VideoAlchemist

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    Hi!
    I've actually come across your page (and many others) but it doesn't address:
    -Playing back the sound file
    -Having more than one light without completely draining the power source
    -That I'm more of a newbie than you might be LOL

    Thanks though!!!!
     
  4. Caveman

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    Most of the real "work" here is figuring out how to play back a digital sound file. If it is a .wav file, there are plenty of people who have figured out how to do it with a PIC or other small microcontroller. And since you have a micro, might as well use it for the other detection and control.
     
  5. VideoAlchemist

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    Apr 22, 2008
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    Yeah -- I just don't know how to do any of that. LOL I can convert the sound file into a WAV, AIFF, whatever is needed that I can put onto a chip, I'm just looking at someone I can bring in to help me work everything up. . .
     
  6. SgtWookie

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    Dan Rilley found a miniature record/playback device that might work quite well with your project.
    Here's a link to the device:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.2878

    It's low fidelity, but how good do you expect it to sound?

    Here's a thread discussing powering these tiny beasties:
    http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/showthread.php?t=10748

    Another one of Dan's threads is here:
    http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/showthread.php?t=10886
    he's hooking up 10 of these recorder/players so that he can select them in sequence or at random.
     
  7. VideoAlchemist

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    Apr 22, 2008
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    Yeah, that might be usable. I just need someone to help me put all these bits and pieces together in something that won't burst into flames on the stage, know what I mean.
     
  8. SgtWookie

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    The 4th of July is just around the corner - you could always claim you were practicing up ;)
     
  9. VideoAlchemist

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    Well I still don't know what to do!
     
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