Voice Commands
Remote Control
Final Memo
Special Thanks

Budget limitations have played a key role in my decisions as I have further thought about my proposed toy idea. My original idea was a flying toy helicopter with voice control capabilities. While the idea was certainly innovative and would most likely result in an exciting toy, it turned out that such toy would be too expensive for our budget of about 50 dollars. After some thought, I came up with a new idea that features some parts of my original one, is more reasonable with the budget, and is still exciting.

My new idea is a toy car with voice control capabilities. Since there is no element of flying involved, the mechanics would be greatly simplified and a simple radio control scheme could be used. However, the car would feature voice control implemented through the headset. The placement of the voice interpreter chip in the headset is crucial as it simplifies the radio control transmission to the car, while retaining the voice control functionality. In other words, the user would issue the command into the headset - i.e. "ahead," the headset would translate the command into data suitable for transmission, and transmit the command itself rather than audio data. To enhance the capability for operation, the headset would also have a control attached to it through a wire. Thus, the user could control the car both by issuing commands verbally and through buttons on the remote. A small LCD screen on the remote would show the current state of operation for the toy, for instance whether it's moving ahead or is stationary. As in my original idea, the user could record "missions" by storing a series of commands into the memory.

To further make this toy unique from any other, the commands would enable the user to not only command the car to move, but also toggle lights and open the doors. The car would feature doors opening upward - similar to the extinct Delorean car brand (as seen in "Back To The Future.") When the doors are open, the user can insert one of the three drivers into the driver's seat - a man, a woman, or a child. The car would operate according to the driver - faster driving with a man driver, slower driving with a woman driver, and varied driving with a child driver. For instance, the car could turn left and right spontaneously a few times as a child driver would not possess good control of the steering wheel.

The headset will acknowledge the commands back to the user, with several responses stored in memory, which would enhance the toy's interactivity. If voice control still makes the toy too expensive, I would instead feature a more advanced remote control and eliminate the headset, while keeping the verbal acknowledgements.