Mike Cook in the UK was tasked with creating a sound and visual effects device for a hole in a "Crazy Golf" course as part of a festival for sound and art in his local area. He came up with a professional and easy to construct example of a device that will play a range of sound effects and also a motorised wheel that rotates upon the hole being used.
It is interesting to see that Mike 'outsourced' the sound effects to a seperate device, which has various buttons for the sounds. Therefore the effects are simply controlled by the Arduino's outputs instead of having to generate the sounds internally in the sketch - a great use of hacking two technologies to solve a problem. View the results in the following video:
Furthermore Mike has documented the project completely, including illustrated construction images, circuit schematics and the Arduino sketch. Although he used a barebones Arduino circuit, you can save a lot of time by using one of our Arduino-compatible boards such as the LeoStick:
... which lends itself nicely to embedding into other products. For more information on Mike's project, visit here.