E waste to toys: ThinkerToys

Priya KuberMarch 20th, 2012

Ever looked at a pile of E-waste containing perfectly usable electronic spare parts? Ever cringed at the thought of such aggregated piling waste from all the countries advancing in the field of technology? And all this waste being dumped in landfills in developing countries where kids who should be in school, work here for a meagre pay of a dollar a day.

Having seen this, ThinkerToys started as an idea to reuse this eWaste and convert them into fun toys for kids. The creations by Dhairya Dand,

a researcher at Keio-NUS CUTE Center, Singapore, was noticed by everyone at the ICTD (International conference on information and communication technologies and development), Atlanta 2012.

The design is simple: E waste + Arduino =

Keyano turns an ordinary keyboard into a piano! With the keys musically mapped to notes.

Basic addition, subtraction can be an invaluable skill for any kid. RandoMath is a small LED screen connected to your computer keyboard, and asks you random math puzzles.

Storynory has recorded fun stories in your local language, plug in the headphones or speakers for collaborative hearing.

Connect any old TV or CRT monitor and make it TV++, add a keyboard or a mouse for controls. This is a power packed mini computer designed for kids to be hooked on to the TV again, but this time for good reasons!

eWaste is directly connected to these toys without any modification. The resulting combination turns the eWaste (keybaord, mice, speakers, monitors) into something totally new and unexpected.

openTOYSis an ongoing project and more people might contact the creator for further development or for collaborating ideas. More of his works can be found here.

6 Responses to “E waste to toys: ThinkerToys”

  1. Srikanth Gangula Says:

    Its really amazing to use the e-waste for most invaluable thing for learning kids and make them fun…
    Can you have a few words about the method of doing any of the above projects..

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  4. Priya Kuber Says:

    Ill request the maker to update the tutorials soon! :)

  5. pal prabhakar Says:

    tv++ tutorial plzz….:)

  6. Marcelo Shiniti Uchimura Says:

    Hi there

    How long – in minutes – can the story inside Storynory be?