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Adding a buzzer

This guide shows how to add a piezo buzzer to a Crazyflie 2.0 prototype deck and control it using the parameters from the Crazyflie Python client.

What you need

For this hack you will need:


To get extra volume out of the buzzer we will use differential-drive using PWM on two pins, each connected to one terminal of the buzzer. This will give a -3V to 3V swing instead of 0-3V between on/off.

The buzzer should be connected to the TX2/RX2 pins on the expansion header which also has PWM functionality using TIM5 channel 3/4.

1) Try out different buzzers using the Crazyflie 2.0 breakout deck and a few wires

2) Select a buzzer to solder to a Crazyflie 2.0 prototype deck using a few wires

3) Attach the prototype deck with the buzzer to the Crazyflie 2.0 with the male headers in the box


In order to do fun things with the buzzer there needs to be some firmware. The firmware can be found on the dev-buzzer branch in the Crazyflie 2.0 repo on GitHub. Build the firmware and flash it.

The buzzer is implemented in a similar fashion as the LED-ring deck. Using a parameter you can set the current effect of the buzzer. Below is a list of the parameters that are interesting.

Parameter Comment
buzzer.effect Sets the current effect (max buzzer.neffects - 1)
buzzer.melody Set the current melody (needs buzzer.effect = 2)
buzzer.freq Set static frequency (needs buzzer.effect = 0) Set the duty cycle (in 8 bits) for the PWM (should be 127)
Effect ID Comment
0 Static tone/ratio
1 Alarm
2 Play a melody (selected by buzzer.melody)
3 Frequency varies with pitch (when above 5 or below -5 degrees)

Have a look in the modules/src/buzzer.c file for adding new melodies and effects.


Vine (enabling the sound is a good idea :-) )

misc/hacks/buzzer.txt · Last modified: 2015-07-15 16:31 (external edit)