Toy Hacking at the Makerspace

Ever wondered what’s inside your favourite toys?

On Thursday November 23, the makerspace hosted a fun maker night and special toy hacking edition of Repair Café. YuKonstruct members showed off their toy projects, we dissected a Furby (1990’s mechanical, furry, noisy, talking, creature thingy) and even found some time to fix some small appliances.

Michel brought along the sound generating machine he built for his daughter. Its buttons, dials and sensors are perfect for entertaining a toddler, but perhaps not all parents would be as willing as Michel to give their child an electronic noise machine…

Chris and Allison showed off their restored vintage toy record player with custom 3D printed records (you can read the instructions they followed on instructables). They also brought in their animatronic Krang (the villain from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) that they made from another Furby.

The highlight of the night though by far was the Furby dissection. We removed appendages, fur and various components and got a chance to explore the different mechanisms to try and find out exactly how it works (we still have much to learn).

 

Furby dissection underway at YuKonstruct! #repaircafe #yukonstruct #makerspace

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Gift making – Wooden toy

Looking for a great gift idea for kids that is safe, environmentally friendly, and fun to play with? This homemade wooden baby toy is modeled after a classic design and could be perfect for the youngest in your family this holiday season.
It is a truly satisfying toy as it can be chewed, it squishes, and it jingles!
Instructor Bio: Amy is a dedicated Yukonstruct volunteer. Since the birth of her first nephew she has been exploring the art and craft of wooden baby toys.
Min: 3 Max: 8.
Members: $30, Non-members; $35

CONTACT US

NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION
  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150
  info@yukonstruct.com

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Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm
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