Fairytale Phone using raspberry pi

The Fairytale Phone is one of my first Raspberry Pi Projects I have made. I had already published this on my Blog makerblog.ch, but now this will be a more in depth instruction to build the Phone.

Fairytale Phone

The finished phone will be able to play 10 different MP3 Files (In my case fairytales) with every number chosen from the dial.

You will need the following items to create the phone:

  • An old Rotary Dialer Phone
  • Raspberry Pi (A, A+, B, B+.. are all OK)
  • 5Volt 1Ampere USB Power Supply
  • SD Card with Raspbian
  • Soldering Equipment
  • Some Wires

In Step 1 we will disassemble the Phone first.

Step 1: Scrap the parts from your Old phone

Disassemble your old phone until you get all the Parts shown in the pictures. Make sure you don’t cut the wires from the rotary dialer. With the Raspberry Pi, the Power Supply and the SD Card that makes all the main parts you will need.

Step 2: Solder the telephone earcap to the Headphone Jack

Fairytale Phone diagram

Unscrew the telephone earcap protection in order to find the two wires from the earcap and solder these directly to the under side of the Headphone Jack from the Raspberry Pi as shown in the picture. Be sure to test the audio after the soldering.

Step 3: Solder the Rotary Dialer to the GPIO Outputs

First find the wires wich close the dialer cirquit and do not click (In my case that where the yellow and the blue wire) Solder one of each pairs to the Ground Pin (14) in my case this is the yellow and the pink wire and one of each circuit to the Pins 12 and 16

For more detail: Fairytale Phone

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