She’s Bubblegum. Well, she was.
I – THE PROCESS
II – THE PARTS
- Outer shell: Plastic 1 | Plastic injection molding
- Speaker component: Plastic 4 | Structure between the speaker and the outer shell
- Speaker: Includes magnet, copper wire | Produces sound
- Cover for eyes
- Sensor: Copper
- Chipboard: located inside the dog’s head
- Chipboard for nose
- Rubber cushion for nose button
- Structure holding together all components in head: includes LEDs for the eyes
- On/Off chipboard
The plastic shells are made by plastic injection molding. Then, all parts are assembled, wires soldered into boards and plastic parts screwed in.
III – TOOLS USED
IV – FINAL THOUGHTS
I took an interest into how the eyes of Bubblegum are designed. Instead of one piece of solid plastic shell with an iris painted on, her eyes resemble the interface of a digital clock. I thought this was rather appropriate for a battery-powered dog, as this design choice makes the dog look even more like a robot dog. One might even say that the eyes are the single visual feature that makes this toy undeniably a robot.
Another interesting feature I found was a sensor inside the head. The designer might have come up with this design based on the insight that children like to pet and stroke dogs. Putting the sensor there so every stroke or tap produces a different response was rather fitting for a toy like this.