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Hörbert

There are some great creations of which most are listed on the official Höbert webpage: https://www.hoerbert.com/kreationen/

Most creations are similar to the original with buttons and speaker in the front. Another popular choice seems to be a cube. After some thoughts on what material to use and what shape to create I went with a similar approach as the original.

Purchases I made:

  • Hörbert Electronics
  • Hörbert Bluetooth Module
  • Speaker Cover
  • Bluetooth Headset

When checking for the best option I my 2nd favorite option was the phoniebox. Maybe this is an interesting alternative.

Electronics

A first I ordered the electronics and hooked them up for a quick test if everything works as expected.

After soldering the wires I added insulating tube. I additionally ordered a fitting front cover for the speaker.

These are all the electronic parts of the Hörbert:

hoerbert_electronic_parts

Build Case

Now that I had all pieces and was sure it all works it is time to build a case for the electronics.

Schematics

The most challenging part is to get the holes for the 11 buttons perfectly aligned to they fit through the wood without too much extra space. I printed out the the schematics below and used them as a stencil.

hoerbert_schematics

If you want to build one yourself, these files may be helpful to you:

Wood pieces

These are all wooden parts i made. The grip is the only piece i purchased. All box pieces have 45 degree corners so i can use wood glue to put them all together and have a clean corner line.

hoerbert wood parts

After all parts where as desired and everything fits I added a layer of wood oil to the outside.

hoerbert wood oil

Laser cutter

I wanted a picture on the back and used a laser cutter to engrave an image on the removable cover.

The Epilog Zing 6040 settings I used are as follows:

hoerbert laser cutter settings

This is a time lapse video of the laser cutter engraving the image:

hoerbert laser cutter timelapse

I had to put the electronics in the case while glueing it all together as it would not fit in afterwards. This is the view of the electronics inside mounted to the box:

_hoerbet inside

Configuration

With the bluetooth module the Hörbert comes with some optional configurations.

hoerbert bluetooth

Switches

  • 1-4: Sleep timer
  • 5: Turn on/off Bluetooth
  • 6: Bluetooth Pairing
  • 7: Auto-play (connect with last known device)
  • 8: Battery saver (relevant for rechargeable batteries)

Enable Auto-Shutdown: I decided it would be best to automatically turn off the device after 100min of usage. This can be done by adjusting the switches 1-4.

Switch 1 10 Switch 2 20 Switch 3 50 Switch 4 100 Time
ON OFF OFF OFF 10 min
OFF ON OFF OFF 20 min
OFF OFF ON OFF 50 min
OFF OFF OFF ON 100 min
OFF OFF OFF OFF no end

This is the setup I went with:

hoerbet_in.jpg

Final result

This is the final result of my Hörbert :)

_hoerbert_first_version_front

_hoerbert_first_version_back

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