Hacking the Spy Video Trakr III: Make a Grabber Bot Out of Legos, Snap Circuits, and the Spy Video Trakr

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In this instructable I will demonstrate how to use Legos, Snap Circuits, and the Spy Video Trakr to create a remote controlled grabber bot. I will demonstrate how to download and install the C language compiler for the Trakr. Next I’ll explain how to compile a simple program and install it on the Trakr and then run this simple program. Then I will demonstrate how to open up the Trakr, attach jumper pins to the GPIO connections on the circuit board of the Trakr. With the jumper pins installed I'll show you how to tap into the 9 volt power supply of the trakr and make connection cables to connect to Snap Circuits and the Lego motor. The Lego grabber arm will need to be mounted on the Trakr so, I'll show you how to attach a payload deck made out of Legos. Finally I'll provide you with the C language code that you can compile and install on the Trakr to operate the remote controlled grabber bot.

The Spy Video Trakr is a remote controlled robot equipped with a microphone and color video camera, speaker, a near infrared LED for night vision, an SD memory card slot for recording audio/video and 8MB of on board memory for storing downloadable and user designed programs. The remote control unit has control levers to drive the robot, a speaker and color video display so you can hear the audio picked up by the microphone and display the video transmitted by the camera, and several function buttons that can be used to control additional program functions of user designed programs.

Please vote for this Instructable, "Make a Grabber Bot Out of Legos, Snap Circuits, and the Spy Video Trakr," in the Toy Challenge Contest. Go to http://www.instructables.com/contest/toy2/?show=ENTRIES and click the vote button (you may have to scroll through a few pages to find it).

I created this Instructable specifically to enter it into the Toy Challenge Contest. I have recently become interested in hacking toys as is evidenced by the numerous Instructables I have posted about hacking the Spy Video Trakr:


I have posted these hacks hoping to inspire other Trakr owners to come up with their own new hacks for their Trakrs (and hope they post an Instuctable about their hack so I can try it too).

I am very interested in hacking the Parrot AR Drone. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to purchase the AR Drone, nor an iPad, nor an iPhone--not even an iPod to use as a remote control for the Drone. Obviously I hope to win the the grand prize for the Toy Challenge Contest so I can have an opprotunity to try hacking the AR Drone.
iApple guy3 years ago
How do you make the grabber?