I hacked a teddy bear for Brandcenter's first annual Hack+Toys event adding a memory game with concurrent lights, haptic feedback, and audio inside.
Toddlers are at most risk in during a zombie apocalypse. Training toddlers with memory tasks and the way to neutralize a zombie are the best way to increase their odds of survival. This is where Zeddy helps. Zeddy has memory games that increase in complexity. When the todd fails, Zeddy goes full zombie and the only way to stop Zeddy is by ripping its head off! Just like you'd stop a regular zombie.
The project started with the goal of making a toy that is accessible to children that are blind, deaf, or both. Enveloping Zeddy in the zombie story came later.
Zeddy calls out which extremities to press and in what sequence. The extremities on Zeddy have vibration motors, lights, and switches. The lights and motors actuate to signal which ones to press and in what order. The speaker inside Zeddy also vocalizes the order. The eyes have lights to signal when the incorrect sequence has been entered, in such case the eyes light up and the head starts vibrating. When the head is removed Zeddy is reset.