Hardware

Parts

You'll need the following parts for this project:

Assembly

Connect the parts as shown in the diagram below:

Most of the wiring is relatively straightforward, just connect component grounds to battery ground and component VIN/voltage input to battery positive voltage.  

For the PIR sensor if you haven't used it yet make sure to read its guide to understand how to hook it up and adjust its sensitivity.

However for the NPN transistor pay special attention to how it's oriented and connected to components.  With the flat side of the transistor facing you the emitter is the left-most leg, the base is the middle leg, and the collector is the right-most leg.  The emitter should be connected directly to battery ground.  The base should be connected to a 100 kilo-ohm resistor which is connected to the PIR sensor output (middle yellow wire).  Finally the collector should be connected to both the 1 kilo-ohm resistor up to battery positive, and any of the switch inputs on the Audio FX board (like switch 5 shown above).  

If you're curious you can find more details about using an NPN transistor as an inverter/not-gate on this page.

Finally plug in or connect your speakers to the audio output of the Audio FX board.  Place all the components into your box and make sure the PIR sensor is facing up at the opening of the box. That's it, your hardware is assembled!

Here's what my hardware setup looks like:

This guide was first published on Oct 23, 2014. It was last updated on Oct 23, 2014. This page (Hardware) was last updated on Sep 15, 2019.