Moostar — fortune telling moose knock-off of Zoltar


Meet Moostar, the fortune-telling Moose inspired by Zoltar. You remember Zoltar, the coin operated fortune-teller who made [Tom Hanks] a rich movie star? Maybe you didn’t see that flick, but [Sketchsk3tch] did and he pulled this show piece together for a company-wide conference with relative ease.

If you’re good at choosing parts for your projects it makes things a lot simpler. He started with a singing Christmas moose, a mini plasma ball to act as the crystal ball, and somehow came across a collector’s basketball case which was the perfect size for the enclosure.

The electronics also came together remarkably well. He uses a thermal printer to spit out the fortunes — which are actually security tips for employees since that’s the dcpartment he works in. The coin acceptor is a Sparkfun part and he tried two ready made solutions to make the moose talk. The first is seen below and uses pre-recorded messages played by an Arduino Wave shield. This was improved upon by using an EMIC2 text-to-speech module that really opens up the moose’s range of chatter.


  1. Gerald says:

    Moosetar, not Moostar

  2. Jerry Tremble says:

    I’ve got an old thermal printer in the closet. I wonder if I could do something similar with one of those old talking fish?

  3. Hirudinea says:

    He could have saved a little time working on printing out the fortunes, all he needs to print is “You just paid 25 cents to have your fortune told by a moose, what do you think dumbass!?”

  4. bolek says:

    not “Moostar” only MoosEEEEEEEEEEEtar!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Mike says:

    Will it make me big?

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