Dream of hacking ActiMates crushed, by patents.
- View SourceWhen I got the Actimates Barney, Arthur and D.W. dolls, they had a
"Patent Pending" stamp on them. I assumed that the patent was pursued
by Microsoft, where in reality, it was merely licensed from Creator,
Ltd., of Herzlia, Israel.
It was patented, later applied to the Team Concepts Smart.Alex
interactive book doll.
Patent 5752880 "Interactive doll," awarded May 19, 1998
Patent 6022273 "Interactive doll," awarded Feb 8, 2000
Both patents are over 120 pages long, most of it logic drawings, and
What is interesting to look at are some "drawings," actual printouts
of hexidecimal code from the ROM chips that were created for ther
interactive radio system for the toys.
So I really can't do anything with the dolls until Feb 8, 2020, when
both patents expire. By that time, the toys would be obsolete, and I'd
be 46 years old.
I now understand why the only documentation out there that dealt in
ToyAPI hacking is the Dourish document at
More is the pity.
Well, I wonder if I can do something, even though there's no products
out there with this LivingObjects technology. The websites are gone,
but is the owning company still puruing its holding on its patents?
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>Why would you hack the ActiMates anyway? Aint that Illegal?Well, I think the reason you would hack them is that they're not made
anymore, so it's getting harder to use them. It probably is illegal,
but it's not like anyone's policing it.
Nice work again on the screencaps!
- View SourceI read that patching ROMs in some devices is legal as long as you
keep the patched device to your self. I read this in a book about
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, agent_0042 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> >Why would you hack the ActiMates anyway? Aint that Illegal?
> Well, I think the reason you would hack them is that they're not
> anymore, so it's getting harder to use them. It probably is
> but it's not like anyone's policing it.
> Nice work again on the screencaps!