The Annoy-O-Bug: A Chirping Light-Up Throwie

Small enough to slip in a mint tin, yet loud enough to be heard across a house at only a few dollars per unit. A nice combination for a pretty good prank! Let’s dive in!

Step One: The CircuitSchematic The Annoy-O-Bug A Chirping Light-Up Throwie

You can purchase the printed circuit board from OSH Park using the link in the parts section of this build. You by no means need to use an ATtiny or my own printed circuit board. This circuit would take a grand total of about 20 minutes to assemble on any breadboard. If you want the circuit to be tiny, however, I would go with the printed circuit board option. If breadboarding it or perfboarding it does interest you, the breadboarded version is shown above. Swap out the ATtiny85 for any microcontroller.The Annoy-O-Bug A Chirping Light-Up Throwie

This should be a fairly easy PCB to populate with components. Just keep in mind that the buzzer and LED are polarized components. The buzzer’s longer lead should go through the round pad, and the shorter lead should go through the square pad. The LED’s longer lead should go through hole opposite the white rectangle. The only tricky part of this is getting the battery connector soldered. Make sure you solder all the components on the front first. You can then solder the ground pin of the battery connector to its pad through the hole in the center of the DIP socket.

I have also included a white silkscreen rectangle on the PCB in case you want to write your prankee a small message :). If you would like to customize the PCB, just duplicate my design:

Step Three: The Software

//Code produced by Alex Wulff: 
#define BUZZ      0 
#define LED       1 
#define INITIAL   5000 
//10,000 ms yields a total sequence time of 46.5 Seconds 
//20,000 ms yields a total sequence time of 91.5 Seconds 
//30,000 ms yields a total sequence time of 136.5 Seconds 
//You get the pattern. Each 10 seconds yields another 45 
//seconds of total time on the sequence. 
void setup() { 
 // put your setup code here, to run once: 
 pinMode(BUZZ, OUTPUT); 
 pinMode(LED, OUTPUT); 
 //Flash the light to make sure the device is working 
 for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++) { 
   digitalWrite(LED, HIGH); 
   digitalWrite(LED, LOW); 
void loop() { 
 for (int i = 1; i < 50; i++) { 
   digitalWrite(BUZZ, HIGH); 
   digitalWrite(LED, HIGH); 
   digitalWrite(0, LOW); 
   digitalWrite(LED, LOW); 

Above is a short sample program that displays some of the capabilities of this device. It is also the program running in the video shown at the top. The time between each subsequent beep gets progressively smaller, which can get really annoying! You could change the time scale on this sketch by changing INITIAL to something much larger. It’s even possible to have this run over the course of a week, getting progressively faster each day!

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Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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