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    Default WIP: Squawkers remake for Pirate Yarrrd 2016

    WIP: Squawkers remake for Pirate Yarrrd 2016
    Been wanting to realize this one ever since I saw Bobzilla's talking parrot from about 5 years ago. Started to go the arduino route, but once you add in the H-bridge motor driver and audio board, it is cheaper to go RaspberryPi. Once I had the motor driving down, I was going to use vixen to sync the words to the movement, that would mean tediously formatting each track. While browsing the interwebs found the LightShowPi group that uses an algorithm to sync lights to music. By customizing the channels, I was able to get a fairly reasonable approximation of beak movement to audio. Using LightShowPi, I can easily make him say whatever phrase I want; currently he has most of the WDW POTC Barker bird phrases, some penguins of Madagascar, and a few songs. I also got him linked up to an ir remote for activation. Still needs refinement, maybe bluetooth for phone control, a randomizer for unattended use and definitely a costume or undead makeover, but he is getting there.


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    As soon as I saw Squawkers in the title knew to check in...bought one finally myself a few years back after seeing Bobzilla's! I think the syncing looks great. Love to see a tutorial at some point. Hubby's played with Arduino a little (for halloween purposes) so not sure he's want to venture into Raspberry pi now, but love to see your board set up just in case.

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    Very cool!
    Nice work!
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    Squawkers is amazing! Great job! The TOTs are going to love him!!
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    I've never seen the inner works in one of these, is the beak driven with a motor? If so, does it have a spring return or does the motor drive forward and reverse?

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    Thanks all, especially the great Bobzilla. The beak is motor/cam driven with spring return. There are only two motors in Squawkers, one drives the body motions and one drives beak/eyes. Beak motor one direction opens beak, reverse direction blinks eyes. I don't have eye motion yet, as there is a limit switch and if the cam doesn't get back to proper position beak might not open next operation.

    Teardown of a Squawkers documented by Mr. Droopy Drawers on flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/481541...57637653178033
    Last edited by PirateDex; 05-03-2016 at 06:09 PM. Reason: added teardown link
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    Sounds like my Jemmy Talk jaw sync controller might work nicely for this. Nicely done BTW!

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    WIP: Squawkers remake for Pirate Yarrrd 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXRgxG8LTcU

    If you want to do what I did above the hack takes about 5 min and $3. You don't even have to undress the bird all the way.
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    WIP: Squawkers remake for Pirate Yarrrd 2016
    Super impresive Beaver State Rich; I'm game how did you implement such a synchronized display of four birds, if you don't mind sharing. That kind of display is what I am shooting for as I already a couple other Squawkers standing by. I see from your early test video you are syncing with the tune by flipping power on/off. I am guessing you are software controlling relays to cycle power. Then do you build your sync script in vixen or such to drive the show.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXRgxG8LTcU

    If you want to do what I did above the hack takes about 5 min and $3. You don't even have to undress the bird all the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Man View Post
    Sounds like my Jemmy Talk jaw sync controller might work nicely for this. Nicely done BTW!
    I never thought about that J-man. I have one of these. I wonder how hard it would be to convert. You know I'm a sucker for those Jemmy talks. I just told my wife how I wish I could do something like this with mine. I really like how this turned out PirateDex. I'm a sucker for all things pirate. Great job! You have some nice skills to be able to figure out how to hack squakers. **edit** just saw your tear down link. Never mind on that part. Thx.

 

 
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