Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Happy Hollow, located in San Jose, California wanted to add an interactive element to their Danny the Dragon train ride. The solution needed to be low-cost, easy to maintain, and durable enough to handle all weather conditions.
Patrick Huston, a high school TechHive intern took on the lead to design "MP3 Magic” using off-the-shelf components including an Arduino with an MP3 shield. When the train triggers the IR sensor, it plays one of three pre-recorded audio tracks. The entire unit is housed in a weather-proof case
The “MP3 Magic” has been part of the Danny the Dragon train ride since September of 2014. This system provides a versatile and low-cost solution to Happy Hollow's challenge. The “MP3 Magic” could be easily customized and replicated to provide sounds to a variety of attractions.