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By Ryan Slaugh

In the 80’s and 90’s lots of different companies were making robots for use at home. These were pretty simple machines with wireless controls, clocks, and some programming ability. The Tomy robot was just such a device. In part one of a two-part project I show the steps I follow in taking apart an old technology and work towards upgrading it with some of today’s new tools.

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Bringing new life to old technology is challenging and a lot of fun. Keeping with the theme of robotics from the latest issue of MAKE I decided to redesign an old robot toy. With the new technology going into this robot, there are a lot of options for programming and customization. If you have any ideas, please leave them in the comments below. As always, if you have any questions regarding the project, you can comment those as well.

See the full series here.

Ryan Slaugh

Ryan Slaugh is a hardware and software engineer with over 15 years of experience designing and building different systems. While he has a few college degrees, his best training came from growing up on a farm and working with his father who was also an electrician. Ryan works regularly with woodworking, metal work, electronics, and software. Ryan also has a love of tools and collects as many as he can.


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