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DISCONTINUED -RFID Teddy Bear Project Bundle
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This kit contains all of the electronic parts required to build "Charlie Bear", an RFID teddy bear project featured in
MAKE volume 28
(page 108). All you need to supply is a teddy bear, or other plush toy, the sewing bits and SD Memory Card. Everything else is included, even the batteries. See below for all the details.
We tried to add a Teddy Bear to the kit, but our warehouse workers just couldn't tape the boxes closed with those poor little teddy bears looking back at them. Needless to say, You're on your own for sourcing a furry little friend for this project.
Charlie's RFID Teddy Bear
This location-aware teddy bear reads RFID tags and plays different customizable sounds depending on where it is or what object it’s near — other toys, books, CDs, anything.
Charlie’s Bear helps children explore the world around them by producing sounds in reaction to other toys or objects nearby. It can play any sound files you upload to the memory card inside — for example, the voice of the bear, a noise that another toy might make, a theme song prompted by a toy from a TV show, or a reading of a favorite book.
David Harris created the toy for his nephew Charlie, who was born with cerebral palsy. Charlie’s vision is poor, but he’s very tactile and auditory. This toy takes advantage of his excellent hearing and the joy he derives from music and sounds. And for all young children, this toy is an easy and safe way for them to pick their own music. Just bring a CD case (or other tagged item) near, and the bear plays it — no complicated CD player or computer. At the heart of Charlie’s Bear, an Arduino microcontroller uses a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader to recognize nearby RFID tags, then uses an audio shield attachment to play corresponding audio files stored on an SD memory card (not included).
Included in the RFID Teddy Bear Bundle
(1) Arduino microcontroller
(1) Wave Shield an audio shield for Arduino
(1) Parallax RFID Reader (serial)
(2) RFID cards
(5) RFID Stickers
(2) RFID Key Fobs
(1) Connector header (you need to solder the wire on at the length you need)
(1) Spool of Wire, 22 gauge, 100' (black)
(1) Barrel connector
(1) Battery holder, 6xAA
(6) AA batteries (Yes, we include batteries)
Not included, but needed for the build
(1) Stuffed toy
(1) Piece of hook & loop connector (Velcro)
(1) Piece of thread, (1) SD Card
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