Build a Bear

Create an intelligent toy using a Build a Bear toy from http://www.buildabear.com/ (or any available toy).

If you live in Seattle, there is a Build a Bear store in Bellevue Square. http://www.buildabear.com/shopping/storefinder/storeDetail.jsp?storeNumber=061
There you can choose a 'skin', accessories, they will stuff him or her, and ask to leave the bear 'untied'. Make sure to get a heart, and birth certificate.

Steps to Building your Gadgeteer Bear

  1. Get ready to remove bear from bear carrier
BearInBox.jpg
  1. Remove Bear from bear carrier and ensure you have bear heart, birth certificate.
BearOutofBox.jpg
  1. Get Gadgeteer ready. Current modules: XBee, music, accelerometer, camera, and Spider mainboard.
GadgeteerOutside.jpg
  1. cram Gadgeteer in Bear after loosening string on back
GadgeteerInside.jpg

We haven't found a good amplifier yet, so sound module must be plugged into headphone or external speakers. We have used a Duracell USB charger for power.

Technical Design

This is a early stage prototype, there is no technical design.

Goals

  • Make an easy to copy project for creating smart toys
  • Example project for XBeeClient
  • Testing ground for new AI approaches
  • connecting Gadgeteer to Semantic Web (using BrightStarDB http://brightstardb.com/

Last edited May 21, 2012 at 4:16 AM by PaulMineau, version 4

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