I’m a first time poster here, so I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong spot.
I have a project I’d like to make, and the Arduino came to mind as a possibility to make it happen. I am looking for any advice, or even if the Arduino is overkill for this, I am hoping someone will let me know.
I have a vintage pay phone I cannot make work with my current phone system, so at the advice of a friend I’ve decided to make it a “novelty” so it doesn’t go completely unused. He suggested making the phone play something through the handset when it is picked up.
After some thought, I thought it might be cool to have it play a random sound through the earpiece when picked up, and stop when it is hung up. In the phone that I am using, a leaf switch is open when the handset is in the cradle. The leaf switch closes when the handset is picked up.
I did some research, and found lots of little audio players, but none had the capability to play a random sound, and the switching is an issue as well. When the phone is hung up, the sound would continue to play.
I thought an Arduino could be a possible platform to make this happen, and if so, I was hoping someone here could point me in the direction of where to start.
Would the MP3 shield be a requirement to make this happen?
I’m a software developer, and electronics is my hobby, so writing any code and soldering up boards isn’t a problem.
Any help from the group is appreciated! Thanks in advance…