Finished Pieces

VTech Apple

    I made this piece several years ago before I had a digital camera, so it’s not documented very well. It’s a pity too since it’s a pretty interesting piece. I had a lot of fun with the rounded shape of the apple housing when designing the control layout.

    casperelectronics V-Tech Apple

    There are two sound circuits in this piece. One is a Vtech Alphabet Apple circuit and the other is from a furby-esque baby toy. Both of these circuits create a similar random note tangent effect when they are glitched. The apple does a few other things too, like rapidly blurting out all of the letter sounds. The joystick controls the pitch of the two circuits and has some added hardware for triggering sounds from the baby circuit.

    The baby circuit was also used in the megababyphone and mr.babyhead projects.

    casperelectronics V-Tech Apple


    5 Responses to “VTech Apple”

    • 1

      Chris Are said:
      December 16th, 2009 at 3:42am #

      Hello, I recently obtained the new version of the Apple….Im have a little bit of trouble finding bends on it..Im curious if you know anything about it? Thanks in advance.

    • 2

      Thomas said:
      December 21st, 2009 at 5:07pm #

      This was the first toy i tried to circuit bend…had a short life, 10 minutes in to my bending session i had a lifeless apple on my hands 🙁

    • 3

      Chris Are said:
      December 30th, 2009 at 2:34am #

      Oh man, thats rough…

    • 4

      casper said:
      February 18th, 2010 at 1:30am #

      @Thomas: I’m sorry to hear about your loss 🙁
      @Chris: Sorry I haven’t worked with the NEW apple. It’s probably a completely different design. Many Vtech toys utilize an adjustable inductor to set the pitch. CHeck out the Vtech Smart Desk page for some potentially useful info:

    • 5

      Dylan said:
      February 23rd, 2011 at 12:54pm #

      I’ve bent the NEW one. All I could find was your standard pitch bend. It you quickly bridge the pitch UP bend you get one of those awesome eerie drone glitches. I poked around for a while and couldn’t find anything else though. Haven’t mucked around with it in a while though, maybe I’ll get to that this weekend. . .

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