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Virtual Pet v1, + Updates



inputs:                                 outputs:

touch sensor                        –speaker, touch sensor

pedometer                          —speaker

photosensor                      —–leds



-Pet it (touch sensor) and it sings (speaker, ISD 1416p sound chip for recordings) + light (LED) animation in eyes

-Walk 10,000 steps (pedometer) and it congratulates you (speaker)

-turn off the lights (photosensor) and it cries (led tears)


Although this project never ultimately came to fruition, I had planned to dissect a handmade mole stuffed animal and use the microchip from the peripheral device project to have the animal make noises when certain sensors were triggered. I did, however, advance my soldering skills and learn to make a DIY arduino board with not much more than an adafruit pin board, crystal, 2 capacitors, and atmega chip. Once the wiring is done, it’s time ot burn the bootloder, or transfer the Arduino software to your new system:

1.Wire up the Arduino board and microcontroller (as displayed on various websites easily accessible through search engines).

2.Select “Arduino Duemilanove or Nano w/ ATmega328” from the Tools > Board menu. (Or “ATmega328 on a breadboard (8 MHz internal clock)” if using the minimal configuration described below.)

3. Run Tools > Burn Bootloader > w/ Arduino as ISP.

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