Category: Cause and Effect Training Program

D.I.Y. Ooglies

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***Do It Yourself*** OOglie adaptation allows children with limited fine motor, grasping and motor control due to cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and/or illnesses activate mechanical toys and watch it move and light up. Materials: Any OOglie with a 3x 3.5 millimeters headphone socket; thin wire (e.g 7strand 0.2 millimeters). A Soldering iron (15 to 30 Watt power). Thin solder. Soldering flux. Desoldering braid. Cordless drill with drill bit 6 (1/4"); knife or wire strippers; small screwdriver set. Step 1: Peel back hair. Remove any head gear to reveal the 2 screw holes (circled in green), and to be clear of the casing join. Remove all 6 screws and carefully pull apart. Step 2: Drill 3 holes. Drill 3 x ¼ inch holes as pictured in the rear casing, making sure that there's room to fit the 3.5 millimeter sockets. Step 3: Locate Hat Switch. Locate the Hat switch (1) and there are 2 wires (black here, but may differ). Step 4: Locate Legs Switch. Locate the Legs Switch (2) and there are 2 wires (blue here, but may differ). You may need to remove some mounting screws to get to this view. Step 5: Locate legs contacts. You can test for the legs switch from the small separate circuit board pictured. Simply connect the batteries, activate the OOglie by pulling its tail, and touching the 2 solder points (numbered 2 on this image) together with something metal. This should trigger the same effect as moving the legs. Step 6: Locate Tail Switch. Locate the Tail switch (3) and its 2 wires (purple here, but may differ). Step 7:Cut the 3 wires. Expose the wires coming from all 3 switches, by cutting them, exposing the ends, then re-joining them. Try to do this leaving enough length and room to attach 2 wires that will come from each 3.5 millimeters switch socket. Step 8:Connect sockets. As not all sockets are connected alike, you will need to find which 2 of the 3 contacts you need to solder to. Attach a test lamp or multimeter to any 2 contacts. Plug in your switch, and then press it. If the lamp comes on when pressed you have the right connections, otherwise try a different combination. There are only 3 possibilities. Solder two lengths of wire to each socket, connecting these to the exposed wires of the head, tail or legs. Use insulating tape to cover up any bare wire once finished. Step 9: Reassemble. Push all the wires tidily away, taping them up if necessary. Screw the OOglie back together. Don't glue the hair back in place yet. Step 10: Put the batteries back in, and test your OOglie. Any problems are likely to be down to faulty soldering. If you are able to activate the OOglie, finish up by gluing the hair down or replacing the head gear. Author:


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D.i.y. Ooglies