Hi I’m Talkie Toaster… Reborn

Here are some pictures of the inside of my Talkie Toaster.
Below is a picture of the frame that everything sits on. Lots of wires and connections.
Bottom right is the audio amplifier, and the sound to light section (so that it lights up when Talkie talks)
Microcontrollers are located in the middle section.
At the top there is a microphone and a speaker.

Wiring of talkie toaster
Rats nest of wires but they are all marked






Below is an end view looking from the end opposite the amplifier.
it is the voice detection. It was a kit I purchased that sort of worked like one of those clappers they used to advertise (“clap-on, clap-off, clapper”). the difference is I modified the last bit to give me a 5v logic voltage instead of activating a relay. This modification can be seen in the top right of the green pcb. You can also see where I hide the batteries to run this all.


Vox to recognize there is a reply
Talkie toaster ears

Below is the SRF05 sensor addition that I just completed mounted in the unit, I have done some tests and it seems like it is all working well.
The two silver tubes are part of the SRF05 detector unit.
Immediately below the SRF05 is the controller I used stripboard and a Picaxe 08.

Previously in Talkie toaster I used an LDR to sense people.
Basically a medium bright light would have to be pointing at the toaster and someone casting shade on the sensor would activate the speech circuit. This changed the voltage on a analogue input of a Picaxe microcontroller.
The idea originally was that the sensor could determine different shades to know the distance of objects Talkie was talking to, but light comes from too many locations in a room and nothing how I expected.
The new sensor determines distance (quite accurately). But then just translates this to a logic level to trigger sound. It reliably ignores objects too far away.
I set the program with a maximum and minimum distance anything outside the range is ignored.

ultrasonic sensor in talkie toaster
Talkie toaster eyes

Talkie Toaster you will be upgraded

ultrasonic sensor in talkie toaster
Talkie toaster eyes

I thought before my trip that I would like to change the sensor that activates Talkie Toaster from an LDR (light Dependant Resistor) to a SRF05 ultrasonic sensor. In about 2 days I managed to change it over and write the software.
The SRF05 is an ultrasonic detector (as used in my Mini-me Dalek) that can send pulses and then knows distances to an object.
I love the SRF05 it is so easy to work with. Basically you send a pulse and then measure the length of the pulse you get back, divide the answer and you can get your results in metric or imperial based on what you divide by.

I had the most trouble placing it so it was invisible to people looking at Talkie while still peeping out enough that it would catch people in range.

Short videos of Talkie toaster in action

These are some short segments of  video from after it was completed. As the toaster does not move, a video of the toaster in action makes no sense. So I need to interact with it a little.
I have pretty much been banned by my wife Vickie from turning this thing on, as it is very annoying.

He can interact for quite a while but true to form it gets really annoying