I am a big fan the original Hexbug™ Spider.  I have owned over a dozen and hacked them all.  Anytime one of my sons goes to a friends’ birthday party, the friend gets a Hexbug™ spider as a gift.  I have hacked the original spider to play football (http://youtu.be/h0BTYm1e5u0 ) and follow lines (http://youtu.be/quDHhuEsxEg ).  When I saw the Hexbug™ Spider XL at Target™, I immediately wanted to hack a smartphone to it and experiment with computer vision and robotics.

Step 1: Disassemble the Hexbug Spider

The Hexbug Spider is easily taken apart with a small phillips screwdriver. First remove the batter cover than remove the three screws in and around the battery holder. After the screws are removed, gently lift the top off the spider.
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i need the code please <br>is very urgent <br>RFO BASIC the code <br>thank you
what also would be cool is if you could use the phone in upright (portrait) position using the front camera and display a face animation on the screen while the spider-bot is walking around ... like Caine when he was turned into a robot in RoboCop 2 :D <br> <br>Doing the Skype conversion, you could make it 2-way communications.. the controle tones would go over the left-audio and the sound over the right, you'd have to use an external speaker I guess since the phone's internal speaker is turned off when you plug in an audio jack... or is it possible to bypass so you don't need an external speaker? <br> <br>Hmmm you'd also have to be able to tell the controller app to just use the left channel and Skype to use the left channel ... is that even possible with Android in combination with some soort of app, to fade audio left or right per application? .. <br> <br>or is it possible to have the controller software and hardware make/listen to tones well outside the human range of hearing... (would freaking pets be a problem?)
See JMEMantzel's you tubes. He invented the original spider robot thingy! I think he sold it to a chinese toy company and is now living off the royalty checks! Yea for him! America does have smarts! jamie proves this. He makes really cool stuff. Not just toys, but buildings, domes, eco-systems, and more! Check him out, you will be inspired! I guarantee it!
Is this a final project they sell now ? There is a guy on you-tube named Jamey Mantzel. he invented this robot prototype and is making a giant one. He sold the idea to a toy company. now he is living off the royalty checks. Cool guy. he is a wizard at building things. Check him out when you can! JMEMantzel on you tube.
This is an amazing hack. Great work. My son has one of these too and he will flip when he sees this.
Wow that is really cool!
How hard do you think it will be to make this a telepresense robot ? I don't know, using the same android phone running skype for chatting and controlling the movement.
This is something I am looking into, it has been request many times. As soon as I get something working I will post a link to it here.

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