Android's little green robot mascot is pretty cute. Even one of Apple's biggest fans could admit he's cooler than a slightly bitten fruit. So seeing how commonly hacked Android is, when Instructables member Tanabata decided to hack a figurine to make it responsive--the Android robot is, of course, the natural choice.
Tanabata's Mechanized Android Figure moves its head, displays light patterns, reacts to sound, and can send out messages in morse code. His model is from DYZPLASTIC, but you could use this hack on and figurine you have lying around that you don't mind altering. From there. you're going to need a whole lot of supplies--think four types of LED and resistors, plastic and metal micro servos, a Piezo and power supply to name but a few. Fortunately the full instructions and shopping list (with links!) are available on Instuctables to follow.
After a bit of wiring (remembering to keep things small) all the gear up, then prising open the figurine to add the servo and put all of your work inside the model, the hack is almost complete. All it needs is a bit of modding for the microphone as well as the software for the morse code, which is explained fully by Tanabata as well as a source given for the software. Then your creation is complete!
Check out this video of an Android robot in action. How alert does he look now?
What would be really cool now is to hack two of these and get them to interact with each other.
Think you can make a better figurine hack? Show us yours.
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