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The Too Clever Book

The The Too Clever Book is a Vtech "Smart Book" children's computer, with a "light pen" for pointing at words and pictures. I have not been able to find any interesting glicth points, but the book is pitched in various ways and points. The upper knob adjusts the pitch in a normal way giving good variation. The lower knob uses another pich resistor and provides "snow crashing" ability. Even when being piched so low that the result is only pink or white noise, the book is still playable.

 

 

An LDR in series with the upper picth adjustment gives the Too Clever Book theremin-like playability. A three-position swith swicthes the LDR on and off and offers the option of a high intensity LED as light source in one position, thus making it possible to shape the light reaching the LDR with the hand, and also playing on a dark stage.
Be warned, though: Several of my circuit bending friends have tried to bend identical books, and only managed to fry the electronics inside.

 

 


The Growling Guitar The Grey Box The Too Clever Book
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