I can barely understand the sorcery involved in toasting my frozen blueberry waffles, so what this superfan did to his old Kenner AT-AT toy boggles my mind! Engineering wiz Dave Stein patched together some electronics equipment and attached it all to an Xbox 360 controller to make the miniature mechanized weapon of war walk steadily along a tabletop.
He even motorized the head to scan for fleeing rebels! Watch Stein's description of the conversion process resurrecting the 1981 toy, then check out the build video here and demo reel below:
Combine an Arduino Uno, an Adafruit Servo Shield, Xbox 360 Controller, and a beat-up 1981 Kenner At-At Walker and the result is the toy I always wanted when I was a kid. If you played with this toy growing up you will probably remember how clumsy it was and difficult to move around. The goal of this project was to take my old beat up AT-AT Walker and make it walk. There were many different obstacles I had to overcome to complete the project such as quadrupedal movement, learning how to use an Arduino microcontroller, basic electronics and breadboarding, not damaging the plastic components of the toy during fabrication, configuring an Xbox controller to make the AT-AT move, etc...
Check out Stein's AT-AT in action and let us know what you think. This should definitely be under every Christmas tree this year, right?
(Via Geek Tyrant)