Couple weeks ago, we launched a Toy Hacking contest and received many cool applications. And now, it’s time to vote for your favorite project! There’re 7 projects here that make it on time. Thank you so much for all the hard works. Let’s check them out!

 

(Please vote at the end of the post. The poll will expire on 7th October)

 

1. Eyeclop by Alex

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The Eyeclop is a project that demonstrates the use of touch sensors to change the shape of the eye as well as blink an RGB LED, play sound melody, and vibrate itself. The Eyeclop is a sensitive one-eye Cyclop, and is shown on a monochrome OLED 128×64 pixel screen. The touch sensors, the RGB LED, and other electronic components are all part of the Grove Toy Kit that is created by Seeed Studio.

—A detailed step-by-step instruction PDF.

—A demo video on YouTube.

 

2. Beckoing cat hack by Severin (XinCheJian)

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When walking through Shanghai, there is one thing you will see in many shops, restaurants and other places: the Maneki Neko, also known as the beckoning cat. Most of them have a mechanism in them, which lets one of their arms (usually the left one) move back and forth endlessly. This project basically is to modify its moving arm with open hardware.

—A detailed step-by-step instruction here.

—A demo video on YouTube.

 

3. Automated train station by Adrian

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The project is about an automated railway system. The basic idea is to use the Grove kit to determine the time, to play the corresponding sound when a train reaches the station, and to know when the train reaches the crossover.

—A detailed step-by-step instruction here.

—More pictures here.

 

4. Barking Desk Guard Dog by Wendell

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The Barking Desk Guard Dog will bark at anyone who will try to move the object in front of it. You can place it on your desktop when you are not around and when someone comes near your place (maybe in your work) then it will alert all your colleagues when that someone tries to take something from your desk.

—A detailed step-by-step instruction PDF.

—A demo video on YouTube.

 

5. IKEA Robot Lamp by Javier

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The project consists in modifying an IKEA lamp and adding it some sensors, lights, sound and movement to make it more fun.

—Check out the project page here.

—A detailed step-by-step instruction here.

—Tutorial videos on YouTube.

 

6. Tickle Tea Elmo by Kevin

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This project is to hack a common Elmo toy, turning it into a robotic tea maker that can talk, display message, and give you fun!

—A detailed step-by-step instruction PDF.

—A demo video on YouTube.

 

7. gRover Robotics Platform by Matthew

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This project is to re-purpose a remote control car that I obtained from the thrift store for $2 into an Arduino-controlled robot using Seeed Studio’s Grove platform.

The detailed step-by-step instruction PDF.

—More pictures here.

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