Using an Arduino Uno and an Xbox controller, tinkerer Dave Stein turned a 1981 Kenner AT-AT Walker into an awesome remote controlled toy.
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…
Impressive, but he could have saved a lot of time and effort and just bought this.
See the toy in action (along with some tests) in the videos below.
A full breakdown on the build is available at The AT-AT Project.