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Beary Soothing: 3D-Printed Teddy Runs Spotify with a Raspberry Pi

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Built from scratch, this electronic Teddy Bear will amaze and entertain children of all ages with its bright buttons and musical capabilities.

In an effort to learn 3-D modeling, Andreas Lindahl came up with this build he calls SpotiBear 1.0. A big part of the initial motivation for this tech toy came from a desire to better understand how to use the new 3-D printer at his office.

From there he moved through the complete spectrum of the design process; initial sketches to illustrator and on to modeling with Strata 3-D. He developed, printed, and tested prototype joints and then progressed to printing, sanding, priming, and painting before moving on to adding the electronics.

For the sound he added a speaker, buttons, and the electronics. The Bear is controlled using Raspberry Pi B+ to run Spotify through spopd. The buttons are coded with python script, and its lithium ion polymer battery is charged using micro usb. Check out the slideshow here.

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Theron is an educator, business owner, writer, and consultant working within Springfield, MO and the Ozarks community. He enjoys making and building with his 11 year old son and likes to read and write about science, technology, education, sci fi, martial arts, and philosophy.

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