Autonomous Wall-E

[djsures] went crazy on his Interactive Wall-E toy. Wall-E just didn’t have enough bounce in his step, so [djsures] decided to give him an overhaul. He went through the entire robot and replaced most of the joints with servos, giving much more control and adding head tilt. All of this was wired to a microcontroller housed in Wall-E’s body. The distance sensor was mounted in Wall-E’s neck, so when he turns his head, he’s actually surveying his surroundings.  Check out the video after the break.

There’s lots of great info in this instructable, from specifics on how he did certain parts to links about how servos and microcontrollers work. Great job [djsures].


  1. Bryan Thielbar says:

    Dude that is so awesome… I want to build one asap… send me info

    I would buy this for you if you wanted to build another.


  2. johannes says:

    One word: kickass!

  3. Teyson says:

    It’s very cool!!! Good work!

  4. Neolin says:

    whoever has done this to poor wall-e is a terrible person. at first sight of this horrific scene i could tell that this was clearly the work of a mad man.

  5. rasz says:

    looks cool, but the robot is a little dump :(
    plus its missing something, hmm maybe making his hands operational so he could pick stuff up

  6. ross maclean says:

    that is really impressive.

  7. sarsface says:

    That’s pretty cool, but it definitely needs a paint job. Tonka yellow doesn’t suit him.

  8. sancho says:

    very well done.

  9. tseitz says:

    absolutly amazing good work

  10. DJ Sures says:

    Thank you every much everybody! It’s nice to feel supported and hear wicked feedback… I’m working on another robot pet right now.. There will be pics in a week. it’s a furry fun loving giggly monster!

    ps: chicks will dig it ;)

  11. Sammy says:

    Man, I would soooo buy that.

    when i watched wall-e (wich wasn’t so long ago cause i live in australia). i loved it. a great movie 5 out of 5 stars.


  12. Grovenstien says:

    A brilliant way to enter the world of robotics!

  13. ACalcutt says:


  14. drew says:

    that is the first thing i thought when i saw that toy come out

  15. andrew says:

    VERY nice hack !!

  16. Lilx says:

    Nice work.. now I dare you to build an Eva.

  17. Shompol says:

    Awesome! This is probably as close to the
    original cuteness as one can get!

  18. strider_mt2k says:

    he has this _AND_ a K-9 a freaking k-9!!!

    you sir, rock.

  19. captain says:

    Excellent work!

    Turning a toy robot into a real robot. Priceless.

    The Hack-A-Day Hackcard with the Mastercard Logo.


  20. skinner says:

    That’s amazing!

    but, what did it do before? just talked?

  21. DJ Sures says:
  22. Sammy says:

    Yer, build Eve
    Floating and everything

  23. david says:

    awesome!! this is exactly what i have been working on for my son. i want to add some way for it to follow him around (RFID detection maybe, not face recognition).

    2d mapping won’t be useful, because he will be picked up and moved all the time, but i do want it to follow him and if he’s not there, look for him.

    probably need a self-righting mechanism, and also would need to add some stair detection so he doesn’t go for a fall. return to base for charging would be good, too.

    was this based on the U-Command wall-e with the remote control??

  24. Roman says:

    Good work, but I do not see any sensors.
    How could it be called autonomous?

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