For those of you who have been following the NaV-1 Babblebot - Arduino Synth project, you may be soon looking to purchase a Babblebot chip. I just wanted to pass along a warning about this
If you google "Babblebot", the first result will direct you to the site Babblebot.net. This is the site for JT Technology, the company that is producing the Babblebot chip using the old Soundgin firmware. This page has a store section with a drop-down menu and a familiar "add to cart" button interface. I placed an order from this page and went through the usual checkout procedures and paid with Paypal. The order was processed and a Paypal payment was sent to JT Technology.
No products were shipped and any attempt to contact the seller went unanswered.
After some unsuccessful attempts at contacting JT Technology, I filed a Paypal Dispute. The dispute was resolved by Paypal in my favor and luckily the funds were recovered but it seems like for all intents and purposes, the seller is gone. I just wanted to share this experience to hopefully prevent any problems for my readers but if JT Technology would like to contact me and clarify this issue, I will gladly update this post.
For some good news, i was able to purchase some Babblebots from www.speechchips.com. Thanks to them.
It seems like the Babblebot chips may be in short supply but since the device is in reality software running on a standard PIC microprocessor, it should be easy for other sellers to produce.
If you find any other sources for the chip, please post a comment below.