02 Disassemble A Giggle Ball

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01 PACKAGE DESIGN OF THE GIGGLE BALL
It is designed for 18-month-old and beyond, so it is a pretty universal and simple toy.

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02 TWO SIDES OF THE TOY
This is called double fun giggle ball. There are two characteristics  which are  Cookie Monster(BLUE) and Elmo(RED) installed with their two different sounds and appears. After you press on their faces, it will shake and giggle with their sounds.

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03 TAG ON TOY
Material: Polyester Fibers, Polyurethane Foam
Made in China, Fisher-Price, Inc., Surface washable only

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04 VELCRO AND COTTON THREAD
It has a easy opened velcro seam. As pictures, inside is a plastic ball sewed to the surface by simple cotton thread.

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05 BATTERY NOTE
So I cut off the thread and pulled the plastic ball out. The ball is heavy and solid with plain white cover, and it said 2 AA battery required on its bottom where batteries placed.

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06 COLOR CODED SENSOR
There are two lines connected to sensors on each side of the fiber cover. One is blue linking to Cookie Monster’s face. Another is red attached to Elmo’s. The right picture shows where the speaker installed.

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07 SENSOR = BUTTON
Going along the line, I found two small press-sensors sewed and covered by cotton and fabric. Then I cut some thread to took them out. They are two cute small buttons.

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08 OPEN THE BALL
To avoid making it giggle while I was disassembling it, I took out two AA batteries. And I unscrewed four screws fixing the cover of the ball and  took it apart. There are two side of the internal. Upper side installed with a speaker, and the lower side installed a motor and a Printed circuit board. All of them are fixed by screws and connected with each other through colorful lines.


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09 SPEAKER
I unscrewed the speaker. It was a thin, round, plastic-like chip.

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There is a written XY and a transistor on the board’s back which faced upward.

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11 PCB’s front
Printed circut and colorful lines connected to different parts.
Red on the left upper- Elmo’s sensor.
Blue on the left upper- Cookie Monster’s sensor.
Yellow- speaker.
Green and blue on the left bottom- motor
Red and Black on the right- batteries

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12 MOTOR
The motor uses gears to rotate a weighty metal to keep changing the center of gravity. That is why the ball can keep shacking while it is giggling. I have to hold it tight while I was tested it without fixed into the ball, because the rotating force is quite powerful. Besides, there are some grease on the gear though…which made my hand sticky.

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13 ALL PARTS
In this picture, you can see all parts inside the ball, including batteries, fixers, screws, speaker, PCB, motor, buttons, electronic cords, and the hard cover.  I found the structure is not so complex as I thought, especially the motor part.  And I like the way the maker codes the cord by color, which is easy to understand and recognize. This toy is a simple design with a lot of fun with attractive look and feel.