August 01, 2013

Hacking animatronic toys with Arduino

After some examination inside various toys it becomes apparent that they can easily be modified and controlled with an Arduino. Many people have harnessed cheap RC cars, boats and model trains - however after receiving a "Teddy Ruxpin" bear, Sean Hathaway cracked it open and added an Arduino to control the servo which moves both the mouth and eyes. However instead of randomly moving about, the Arduino receives serial commands from a PC to help with realism, for example:

With some work this could become anything between an interactive toy bear or a creepy Halloween decoration. For more on this story, visit Ars Technica. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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