Then, I break out the microscope and run thin AWG 32 magnet wire from the headers to whatever I want to probe. I also replaced the original remote’s small vibrator motor with an LED, so I could see when it was on without it shaking my whole setup.At this point there are all sorts of options for snooping on the communications between these radio and microprocessor.
Something about this toy really does become more than the sum of its parts.
You can get an idea for how the prototype works in this short video: That’s the end result, for now.
The rest of this post will share the journey I took in building this toy.
Perhaps it will inspire you to follow along, or to build something unique.
In order to replace the original remote control, first I had to understand it.
More than a simple remote control, it starts to feel a little like virtual reality. Interfacing with computers through our sense of touch.