Hacked Fisher Price SmartCycle
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In order to make available to the child a fun way of a wireless embodied input to the system, the Smart Cycle Physical Learning System from Fischer Price was disassembled and modified by replacing the company's proprietary wired microcontroller connections to television with my own custom wireless microcontroller circuit. In order to do this every connection that went in and out of the microcontroller was studied and reverse engineered to RF enable potentiometer steering data and acceleration data from the toy's pedals. The steering data directs the black creative agent to move in various directions while the acceleration data controls the speed of the agent in the design space. One of the push buttons on the bike handle is used to control the movement of the agent's marker in up and down direction. The other push button was well utilized to send reverse acceleration data due to the insensitivity of the toy's IR sensor package to encode direction based pedal acceleration. Also since the power supply that runs the toy is 4 X 1.5V (D Battery) = 6V while the ATMEGA168 runs on 5V, it was necessary to use a 5V regulator to step down the voltage.

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