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DIY Augmented Reality Toys for the iPad

Your child wants to play with the new Cars augmented reality iPad app, but the ship time for the toys to your country is 4 months. What do you do? You hack your own. Read on to see the clever hack in action.

Johan von Konow ordered a set of AppMates Mobile Application Toys (specifically, the Cars 2 augmented reality toys) to go with the free Cars 2 iPad app. The only problem was that it would take 4 months to arrive in Sweden–that’s an excruciatingly long time for a small child to wait for a toy.

In the interim, Konow came up with a very clever hack. He hacked apart Cars-themed Pez dispensers (which had plastic toppers roughly the same size as the actual AppMates toys) and retro-fitted them with conductive foam. Watch the video above to see them in action and then hit up the link below for his well documented and photographed hack.

Homemade iPad Augmented Reality Cars [via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/17/12

Comments (1)

  1. ExTexan

    That looks like a good way to scratch the iPad screen!

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