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Charlie's RFID Teddy Bear from MAKE Volume 28

Science communication designer David Harris wanted to make a unique toy for his nephew Charlie, who was born with cerebral palsy. Charlie’s vision is poor but he’s very tactile and auditory, so David designed a location-aware teddy bear that reads RFID tags and plays different customizable sounds depending on where it is or what object it’s near. An Arduino embedded in the bear uses an RFID reader to recognize nearby RFID tags, then uses an audio shield attachment to play corresponding audio files stored on an SD memory card.

David shared his build instructions with us on the pages of MAKE Volume 28, the Toys and Games issue, and we’ve shared the full build with you on Make: Projects. To make gathering supplies for the build a breeze, the Maker Shed has put together the RFID Teddy Bear Project Bundle, which includes all the materials you need except for the bear, the velcro, and sewing thread. Time to play!


From the Pages of MAKE

MAKE 28MAKE Volume 28: Toys and Games!
MAKE Volume 28 hits makers’ passion for play head-on with a 28-page special section devoted to Toys and Games, including a toy “pop-pop” steamboat made from a mint tin, an R/C helicopter eye-in-the-sky, and a classic video game console. You’ll also build a gravity-powered catapult, a plush toy that interacts with objects around it, and a machine that blows giant soap bubbles. Play time is a hallmark of more intelligent species — so go have some fun!

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Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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  2. Stephen S says:

    I made this — it works great! I added this switch from Pololu so the bear can shut off automatically to save batteries:

    http://www.pololu.com/catalog/product/750

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