Make your stuffed animal interactive using the Microbit!

PlushPal is an app that lets you design interactive toys that make sounds based on movement. You'll be able to record custom gestures for your toy and learn about how to interpret sensor data from the Microbit using machine learning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxuJdSChDM4&ab_channel=scientiffic

<aside> ⚠️ Note that the PlushPal app is being actively developed and is subject to change!

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Things You'll Need

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<aside> 🖥️ Technology - 1 Microbit


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Step 1: Load Hex File on Microbit

<aside> ⤴️ The hex file will enable your Microbit to send sensor data to the programming interface over Bluetooth

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Once your hex file is loaded, you should see this face on your Microbit.

Once your hex file is loaded, you should see this face on your Microbit.


Step 2: Attach Microbit to stuffed animal

It's important that the Microbit is securely attached to your stuffed animal so that the sensor readings are consistent!

You can use a hair tie to attach the Microbit directly, or if you have a bit more time, we recommend constructing a backpack to hold it in place.

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Quick Method (fast but least secure)

Use a hair tie or rubber band to attach the Microbit directly

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Paper Backpack (15 min)

Build a paper-based backpack from a cereal box

Paper Guide

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Felt Backpack (25 min)

A backpack you can sew using felt and thread - the most secure (and cute!)