Talking ABC Elmo – Switch Adaptation

In this guide, we show how to switch enable a Talking ABC Elmo.


Remember, you may need to re-package these so open them carefully!!!!

  1. Cut tap at the rear back of the box on each side and the top of the box.
  2. Unwrap straps but leave the straps on the box and re-attach them after removing Elmo.
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  3. Take out the speech device from the back.  [If doing more than one type, label it Elmo with a Sharpie (Cookie has the same case and we don’t want to get them mixed up!!!–in fact we used Cookie’s picture here)].
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  4. Unscrew all 5 screws.
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  5. Create a place for the jack assembly to enter the control box.  To modify the box cut one of the screw holes guides and drilling out the other one.
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  6. Create a 3.5mm (1/8) “Free Hanging” Stereo Jack” (adapted to mono-configuration) which a switch will plug into.
  7. Lace the mono-jack into the housing.
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  8. Place a solder dot on the circuit board
    1. Before
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    2. After
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  9. Now solder one of the mono-jack wires to the spot of solder that you added and the second wire to the solder point where the black wires was already connected.  Both actions only require you to lightly touch the solder point to heat it up and touch the wire to it and then remove the heat.
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  10.  Test
    1. Adaptive port
    2. Normal method
  11. Repackage
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