Introduction: Toy Hacking

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ALL CHILDREN LEARN BEST THROUGH PLAY. BUT NOT ALL TOYS ARE CREATED EQUAL.

TOY HACKING IS A WAY TO HAVE FUN LEARNING ABOUT MAKING AND HACKING WHILE DOING SOMETHING GOOD FOR LESS FORTUNATE KIDS AT THE SAME TIME.

Here you can find step by step instructions on how to hack a remote controlled toy car and create a new remote controller that is also playable by children who are physically challenged. Watch our instructional video. The Step by Step Guide shown here is also available as a PDF.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Kind of Toy

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Step 2: Opening the Toy's Remote Control

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Step 3: Getting to Know the Circuitry

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Step 4: Testing With the Multimeter

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Step 5: Preparing the Wires

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Step 6: Soldering the Wires (fun Times Ahead!)

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Step 7: Testing Your Soldering Handiwork

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Step 8: Neaten Things Up

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Step 9: The Buttons

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Step 10: Soldering the Buttons

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Step 11: Assembling the Remote Control Box

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Step 12: Testing Out the Remote

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Step 13: Finishing Up

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Step 14: What Next?

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Step 15: Shout Outs!

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Special thanks to those who collaborated in the making of the Nestworks Toy Hack Instructional Video:

Lutz (of the hands in the video) and Drink (laser cutter extraordinaire) from DF Robot/Mushroom Cloud Makerspace, Shanghai

Jonathan (cameraman of immense patience) from Shanghai American School

Toy Hacking came to Shanghai thanks to Marianne from NYU Shanghai who turned us onto DIYAbility.org whose toy hacking in NYC inspired ours

About Nestworks:

Nestworks is a social enterprise based in Shanghai. We are a platform to facilitate the development of new technologies, such as smart hardware, software, or wearable tech, that improve the lives of the elderly and disabled. We spur on the development of these assistive tech products or services by connecting thinkers and doers, and helping them to tap into China’s makers and collaborative manufacturing communities. Visit the Nestworks website here to find out more.

Comments

acaig (author)2015-03-08

Fabulous work anything like this is just brilliant people forget that someone can't do even simple tasks e.g I love computer games but I have to be able to rebind keys or its a no go although I haven't played in, ages due to other stuff and I'm still looking for a team wheelchair tablet mount it shouldn't be so hard please do more of these I'm sue the kids love them

seleniebeanie67 (author)2015-03-08

WOW! I didn't even know this was possible - well done!

JesterPoet (author)2015-03-07

Absolutely spectacular! Keep up the good, important work!

Olek410 (author)2015-03-07

Very nice project. Faith and Humanity restored!

G-Trooper (author)2015-03-07

This is very inspiring!! Keep up the good work!

seamster (author)2015-03-07

This is a great project! Very well done, and incredibly meaningful to the kids. Nice work!

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