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FrankenDog! DIY Animatronic - Controlling an i-cybie robot dog with a toy piano

video 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:
http://pappmaskin.no/2009/11/frankendog-diy-animatronics/
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.
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Svt got nothing on NRK :)
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