Introduction: FrankenDog! DIY Animatronic - Controlling an I-cybie Robot Dog With a Toy Piano

Do you have dead toys lying around? In this video tutorial I give new life to a dead i-Cybie robot dog whose “brain” was destroyed after it short circuited and almost caught fire. Learn how to animate the dead!


The I-cybie is a cheap AIBO clone with many advanced features, but without a brain there isn’t much life left or fun to be had. But I will try to reanimate it with a battery, a toy piano, and some wires.

Check out the video, it has a demo in Norwegian at first and then a tutorial in English at the end.

I'm having trouble importing images from Flickr, but you can see some stills on my blog:


earburøla (author)2014-11-10

Inspiring, i-cybei + Arduino, lets revive the puppy as it should be.

Thank you.

AJMansfield (author)2012-12-28

I guess its sort of cool. But, really, why use a toy piano when you can just buy a few dozen switches/pushbuttons at radioshack for only a few bucks? Also, a better way to hack it would be to open up the electronics part, and replace the thing the toy has with your own controller.

mindaugas1987 (author)2011-11-15


XylophonicMonkey (author)2010-10-25

Svt got nothing on NRK :)

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Bio: Guy from Norway who likes learning and making things from trash. I'm here to learn and share.
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