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  1. JF Gagnon

    JF Gagnon

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    First of all, let's establish the fact that I work in Finance and have basically no knowledge of electronics. That being said, I have a project of creating a 6-8 inches figurine based on a movie and add some electronics in the base, battery operated, to repeat quotes of the movie at a push of a button. Something like 20 quotes ranging from few seconds (4-5 words) to maybe a minute each. Googling around, I found that ChipCorder chips looks like what I need.

    Now the questions:

    1) Is ChipCorder the way to go or there is another/better way?
    2) I guess some company can do the work and deliver me a complete board. Any suggestions?

    Feel free to let me know anything else I should be taking into consideration.

    Thanks
     
  2. Sunnysky

    Sunnysky

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    1) Yes
    2) yes
    ChipCorder chips are common and inexpensive with a selector switch.
    But to add a random selector logic will need a microcontroller with custom firmware.
    Development cost is high with 1 prototype.
    I have a mobile phone size board that only does a few short songs AND uses a rotary switch. so too big and no sequencer with pushbutton, but it activates with a hand wave and small power switch.
    Audio quality is poor speaker quality and high compression.

    It is possible with deep pockets.
     
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  3. JF Gagnon

    JF Gagnon

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    I'm planning to have several thousands of the thing made once I clear the rights to the character so I guess unit cost would be affordable. Meanwhile I'll try to get a plan and build something just to make sure it can be done. I will research what you said about "random selector logic " and "microcontroller". Thanks.
     
  4. Sunnysky

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    There may be local resources in Montreal who have done this before, but this is my suggestion to contact this authorized distributor inPoland and ask what solution they recommend that is readily available.

    http://www.marthel.pl/en/about_marthel.php

    The total memory requirements depend on total seconds of recordings at highest quality level. Speaker quality must be done carefully like those in mobiles or iPad. It may be possible to use (2 ) two lithium cells 6.0V or 3 AAA, depending on lifetime of batteries , you expect and minutes of lifetime play.

    If you need help in preparing or reviewing a spec, for custom design, I might be able to assist.

    They have DIY kits http://www.marthel.pl/en/tools.php?id=1
     
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  5. JF Gagnon

    JF Gagnon

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    Thanks for the help. I will sit down and establish just how much speech time I will need to stick in there and once it's done I'll contact them.
     
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