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    I'm posting this because my kids love it and it's a cheap way to add life to, or repair, a talking cuddly toy.

    We have a talking scooby-do that cycles through saying,
    "I love you!"
    "Wanna hug?"
    "That was the best hug ever!"
    when you press a switch in its ear...

    The switch is vulnerable: the wire from its battery box to its ear may have been pulled when it was being jumped on or something, it didn't last long. They asked me to resurect Scooby.

    So I had an idea that was surprisingly successful: I put a tilt-switch from an alarm in Scooby's battery box to replace the broken switch. The result is far less fragile, and.... eeeerie! when someone steps on Scoobie or chucks another cuddly on him, or sits on the bed next to him, he says, "Wanna hug?".

    It's given him life! And all for 50 pence and ten seconds of soldering! Everyone knows someone who has a soldering iron, don't they? So if you have a talking cuddly, this is a great way to improve them!

    Disclaimers: whilst this is as easy as electronics gets, you do risk breaking the toy. That's unlikely, but this isn't: If the child sleeps with the toy, it will talk every time the child moves. Additionally, you will need to turn off the toy at the battery box when it's in the car to spare the batteries and your sanity! I also wouldn't recommend this for any toy that makes long noises like melodies, that would also get very annoying! I'm hoping this will improve the toy, not make you hate it!

    A tilt switch is just a tiny can with a ball in it. When the ball shorts out two prongs inside the can, it is doing the same as pressing a normal switch: it's just easier, more natural and less vulnerable.
    Use google images to see some, or google shopping to find out where to buy them. Rapid have them for 50 pence still. Maplin may be more accessible but are more expensive.
    I've drawn a blue circle around the Tilt Switch can and a red one around the wires that go to the switch in the ear:



    If I was to do it again, I would have cut the switch wire an inch away from the circuit board and put the tilt switch on the wire ends coming from the board, rather than directly onto the board.

    Do let me know if you successfully save a cuddlies life
    If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

    http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

  • #2
    Personally when our kids were little I found those talking toys such a wind up the first thing I did was stick them through the washing machine, that normally fixed them.
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk

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    • #3
      Originally posted by robin wood View Post
      Personally when our kids were little I found those talking toys such a wind up the first thing I did was stick them through the washing machine, that normally fixed them.
      LOL - Poor Scooby! I can't help but agree, though! Scooby survived by being very succinct and forgivably cute; few of his peers would.
      If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

      http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

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      • #4
        Originally posted by robin wood View Post
        Personally when our kids were little I found those talking toys such a wind up the first thing I did was stick them through the washing machine, that normally fixed them.
        lol,so glad I wasn't the only one who hated them.....the worst is when the batteries start to die and you hear some god scary drawling voice coming from a toy box at 3am...........oh yes happened to me and I was scared !!
        Last edited by beckyboo; 22-11-2008, 08:51 PM. Reason: bad spellink !
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        • #5
          ooo we have loads of these i love them xx


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          • #6
            My son had a giggling Elmo which always set him off in giggles. My son was cute, Elmo wasn't! That's great Ross, tho' I'd have to admit that I wouldn't have gone to the trouble of doing that personally (mostly because I wouldn't have had a clue what to do).
            www.littlebead.blogspot.com
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            • #7
              My son and my nephew both got teddies when they were babies that played a tune. I took out the music box and sewed it back in again whenever I washed it but my sister just stuck it in. When she opened the tumble dryer it was playing away.
              I can't hear high notes so they never bothered me. Though I have left a musical xmas card playing away all day without realising, when DH came home he was searching for what was making the noise for ages.

              Melanie

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              • #8
                My mates wife bought one of those talking santa horrors, went HO HO HO everytime you walked past it.
                Several whiskys later, my mate fetched his .22 gun in, and we took turns to blast the cxxx out of it,
                Took about 7 rounds before it drooned its way into heaven.
                When his missis asked what had happoned, He said "cheap crap just blew up and sprayed bits of metal into the wall"
                She never bought another

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by urbtaf View Post
                  My mates wife bought one of those talking santa horrors, went HO HO HO everytime you walked past it.
                  Several whiskys later, my mate fetched his .22 gun in, and we took turns to blast the cxxx out of it,
                  Took about 7 rounds before it drooned its way into heaven.
                  When his missis asked what had happoned, He said "cheap crap just blew up and sprayed bits of metal into the wall"
                  She never bought another
                  LMAO - we have one of those! It sings in American...
                  All I need now is the gun: sounds like great fun!
                  If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

                  http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

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                  • #10
                    Don't you just hate those toys with the South Carolina twang. I 'accidentaly' left one on the floor when I went out one day - the dog enjoyed it!
                    Carol
                    God helps them that help themselves.

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                    • #11
                      Makes me wonder if there's a market for some kind of seek-and-destroy 'toy hunter' - a autonomous tank with a drill and water-pistol or something! Designed to track beeping (but not buzzing), "turn it off, or I'll deploy my toy"! - probably doesn't even need to actually work: just look like it might...
                      If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

                      http://mines.lumpylumpy.com/Electron...xNet/index.php

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