Category Archives: Toy Adaptation – Switch

Automated Testing of 3.5mm AT Jacks

At ATMakers, we use lots of AT Jacks.  Every switch-adapted toy, every interface device, almost everything we make requires a 3.5mm jack or plug.

Because of this, we ask STEM programs and Robotics teams to make us jacks and plugs as their first soldering project, and we’re always making them here.  Therefore we have lots of jacks, and we need to do lots of testing! This project makes that simple!
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#ATIAMakerDay 2018 was a huge hit!

This year, ATMakers.org was thrilled to host the first annual ATIA Maker Day at the ATIA Annual Conference!

STEM Students and Makers from around the country shared their experiences working with AT Users as well as the amazing technology and skills they bring to bear. ATIA attendees learned to solder, adapt toys, and make custom AT solutions using InstaMorph and corrugated plastic. Everyone had a fantastic time and the exhibit hall was filled with incredible energy! Continue reading #ATIAMakerDay 2018 was a huge hit!

Christmas Toy Adapt-A-Thon for F.A.A.S.T.

How do you switch-adapt over 100 toys for kids in a single day? Over 40 volunteers working over 8 hours of controlled chaos certainly helps!
Thank you to our two FRC Teams (Roaring Riptide #4118 & GRA-V #5816), FACTUR for the use of their event space & equipment, U.F. Engineering’s B.O.T.S. team, LessonPix.com for financial support (and Pizza!) and everyone who gave their Sunday to help out the kids F.A.A.S.T. serves!
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Stereo-jack with Mono Configuration

These jacks are used on many toy adaptations to enable them to work with switches.  We use a mono-jack configuration on stereo jacks so that we can make every switch (mono or stereo) work.  This is done by shorting the the female end stereo jack ring and sleeve connectors.  This post shows two female jack styles we have used on toy adaptations. Continue reading Stereo-jack with Mono Configuration