Archive for the ‘Toy Hacking’ Category

Control your DSLR with a Nintendo DS

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Techincally, this is one of the reason Arduino was created: helping prototype new users interfaces; openSource.

Here’s the Nintendo DS DSLR Trigger. Arduino Based (or, at least programmed. It’s based on Atmega 168) + Open Source Applications on Ninetndo DS.

via [MAKE] [OpenCameraControl]

motoruino in action

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Check out the video after the break (nice trance tune on it;) of the Motoruino in action.


Motoruino is the new Arduino for creative robotics

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Nice Arduino-Motor PCB made by Guilherme Martins and his friend David Palma

Still looking for a Buy button somewhere in the site.  Maybve we’ll have to wait for the next black batch to be produced for that 😉

main features of the board:

– easy to use, understand, play with;
– must be a plug-and-roll board;
– to be suitable with shields, and with regular Arduino Diecimilla/Duemillanove boards;
– the usage of the H-Bridge is open, i.e., there aren’t any Arduino output pins assigned, the user can use the bridge the way he/she wants;
– motors supply and PWM pins might be used with external voltage or regulated 5 volts
– motors have 3 different connectos, screws terminals, male headers, JST connectors
– two possible FTDI/USB connections available


Android Phone Grows Up, Becomes Brain for Real Robot Read More

Monday, March 8th, 2010

wow. Android G1 Driven Bot!

Playing with apps on an Android phone is fun. Building your own apps, even more so. But what about using the phone to operate a moving, talking bot? Tim Heath and Ryan Hickman have done exactly that. […]

They could have purchased the pricey $175 Oomlout kit, which includes wheels, motors and an Arduino-based brain. Hickman and Heath opted for making their own chassis. Here’s a full list of parts they used:

  • $16 Bare bones Arduino
  • $3 Micro servo
  • $0.25 Hex inverter (handled 3.3v to 5v conversion)
  • $4 HTC USB breakout board
  • $4 miscellaneous cardboard, strap ties, wires, rear wheel
  • $3 Mini breadboard


Wireless Robotics Platform: Cheap R/C Vehicle + Arduino + XBee + Processing

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Wow. I definetly have to check this step by step guide to build your own Processing-controlled car.
Toy Hacking is one of the best way to learn how to deal with little hardware. Very well detailed.

Some Features:

    via [NootropicDesign]
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  • All logic controlling the vehicle is performed in a Processing program running on remote computer. The Arduino program listens for commands from the remote computer.
  • Bi-directional wireless communication over XBee radios with (theoretical) 1-mile range. I’ve accomplished 1/4 mile range with these radios.
  • Sensor events are transmitted from the vehicle to the controlling computer. This vehicle has 3 microswitches – two on front bumper and one at the rear.
  • Original circuitry of vehicle replaced with dual H-Bridge circuit to control drive motor and turn motor. Drive motor is controlled with variable speed.
  • Power: Vehicle motors powered by 4 AA batteries. Arduino with XBee shield powered by 9V battery mounted at front of vehicle.
  • Simple communications protocol: 2 byte commands from controller to vehicle, one byte sensor readings from vehicle to controller.
  • RoboSapienServer

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

    Nice mix of Karl Castleton’s RoboSapienIRand Ethernet Library’s WebServer.

    Check out everything you need to know to build one your own.
    Via [KevinHaw]
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    Bring the crane game home

    Friday, February 26th, 2010

    Now we all can learn & train to win the naughty crane ganes.

    Via [Hackaday]
    Here’s direct link to the Instructable

    Babuinobot Project

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010

    Isn’t an Arduino visual programming tool for kids (and noobs) everybody’s dream?
    Well, by reading this documentation. All you have to do is downloading the software and go through the instructions.

    Loving these picture of youngsters interacting with PC & technologies


    i-SOBOT + Arduino

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

    Hack of an i-SOBOT with Arduino. Many info (not only in japanese) and a shield for Arduino + GUI for Mac
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    Arduino goes to Unity = Power Glove 20th Anniversary Edition

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010

    Matt Mechtley has managed to port NES Power Glove to Unity, one of the major game development tools. Obliosly using Arudino. here’s the instuctable


    via [LearnUnity3D]

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