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The VoiceShield from Spikenzie Labs incorporates an audio record/playback chip (ISD4003) and amplifier into an Arduino add-on device –

It uses a unique, yet very user friendly, way to access different sound bytes so it is easy to build a “talking” device. It can work with words, complete sentences, or sound effects. With the VS your Arduino can also build phrases “on the fly” that sound a little like an automated telephone operator, for example; “you” “entered” “one” “two” “three” “press” “pound” “if” “that” “is” “correct”.

This could be a lot of fun for robots and RSS reader projects just for starters – VoiceShield

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • Odin84gk

    The winbond chips have a notorious history of being discontinued without proper warning. I have done 2 designs with 2 different chips and Both chips were discontinued right after I finished testing the designs. Yes, they are relatively easy to use, but it would be better to get a cheap micro with an external memory chip then to use a winbond chip.