Introduction: 5-Minute Project: the WowWee Robotics Keychain
The eight robot toys were:
- Robosapien - #1; walking (mechanical)
- Roboraptor - #2; vocalizing (electronic)
- Robosapien V2 - #3; talking (electronic)
- Roboreptile - #4; rolling (mechanical)
- Robopet - #5; walking (mechanical)
- Roboraptor - #6; chomping (electronic)
- Robosapien V2 - #7; standing (mechanical)
- Roboreptile - #8; biting (electrical)
After you've had your fill of the entire Robosapien nanos menagerie, you might want to consider modding one of the toys for a more "mature" flavor. Let's remove the digital speech circuit from inside the talking Robosapien V2 nano and embed it inside a Serpac enclosure.
Enter the WowWee Robotics Keychain.
Step 1: How to Make a WowWee Robotics Keychain
Step 2: Hacker Proof
Say it ain't so; a WowWee Robotics toy that is hacker proof! Each Robosapien V2 nano is tightly secured with a series of triwing-like tamperproof fasteners. Likewise, each toy is also glued shut.
A narrow blade straight screwdriver can be used to remove the fasteners, as well as pry the two body shells apart.
Step 3: Voice Box Removal
Inside the chest cavity there is a miniature circuit board with a rubber pushbutton switch. Attached to this circuit board is a small speaker connected via two short wires and a set of three button cell batteries. This entire assembly is held in place by two white plastic posts. Use your handy narrow blade straight screwdriver to gently pry the circuit board up and off of these two plastic posts.
Note: the three button cell batteries could "spring" out of the circuit board's battery clips. Don't lose these batteries. Keep them together with a short piece of transparent tape.
Step 4: Just Drop It In
Insert the batteries (held together with a piece of transparent tape) into the voice box's battery clips. Slide the power switch into the "on" position. Make sure that the voice box is working properly. Press the rubber pushbutton. Drop the working voice box into the Serpac enclosure. Center the voice box's rubber pushbutton underneath one of the enclosure's pushbuttons.
In order to ensure a snug fit underneath the enclosure's pushbutton, lay a rubber grommet, salvaged wheel from a toy car, or some other insulated material over one of the rubber posts on the back of the circuit board. Join the keychain enclosure together and test the operation of the voice box.
As long as you leave the voice box's power switch "on," you can play one of the RS V2 nano's canned messages with the press of the button on your new WowWee Robotics Keychain.
Step 5: Video Killed the Bot Star
And finally, sometime in 2009, you will be able to watch Robosapien on the silver screen. Deemed a "beloved icon," Robosapien will be brought to life through the cinematic talents of Arad Productions.