[Noisebridge-discuss] Question: Hacking a Cat Toy

Gavin Knight gnnrok at gmail.com
Fri Feb 17 14:55:27 PST 2012


You could bring it by for circuit hacking monday, and open it up. Maybe you
can find a way to replace a gear, or something to limit the speed it
rotates.

Circuit hacking monday happens every monday night at around 8 or so.

Gavin

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Paul Suliin <psuliin at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all! I have a question and possible project that I'd like to get
> some advice on.
>
> I recently bought a Frolicat Dart robotic laser toy for my cat.
>
> http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/pets/dcd0/
>
> It's a pretty simple system: a small turntable with a laser mounted on
> a pedestal. The turntable's rotates 360, back and forth, holds in
> place briefly, etc. I'm guessing it's managed by some simple circuitry
> and a microchip (I haven't yet taken it apart to see for sure).
>
> I'm not entirely happy with the toy as it stands. Even the slowest
> rotation speed is too fast for any non-Olympic cat to keep up with. It
> seems as though it might be possible to adjust that somehow, slow it
> down a bit and make it more usable. However I'm not a hardware person,
> so I'm hoping some of the hardware hackers here can help me figure
> this out. I can bring the toy by the space so anyone interested in
> this can look it over, if desired.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> --
> Paul Suliin
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