And now for something completely different

I made this glorious little machine at work today. It’s an arduino with a game shield and a speaker attached, and it plays ocarina songs from one of the best games ever, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but only if you remember the right buttons to push. (Here’s a list of right buttons to push.) I made this quick video after I finished it.

It was super easy. I just ordered the parts and followed this excellent tutorial on one of my favorite techie sites, Hackster.io. I did have to learn how to install libraries on the Arduino IDE so they’ll download to the arduino along with the program. That was easy, too, with the help of a board on another one of my favorite sites, Stack Exchange.

There are a couple issues I need to look into. One is that after a few seconds of music, the speaker seems to spaz out. That, and it’s super hard to hit the buttons perfectly enough for the arduino to decide to play the music in the first place. I’m not sure how to fix the speaker, but a thorough look for the code will probably help me solve the second problem.

If you want to see this thing in action, you have a few opportunities coming up: I’ll be at the library table at the Shreveport Bossier-Mini Maker Faire on September 22, Digifest at the Bossier Civic Center on September 26-27, and I’ll be doing a series of programs at various branches called Microcontroller Mania soon. Those dates are TBA, so keep an eye on the library’s calendar for those.

I have lots of other stuff in my office waiting to be put together, too…

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