Modded Wall-E becomes a real robot

[DJ Sures] got his hands on a plastic Wall-E toy and decided to build a robot that includes a camera, voice recognition, and object tracking. The result is adorable so we’re putting this video before the break:

Wall-E is built around an EZ-B Bluetooth Robot controller. All the software functions are handled with the complementary EZ-builder software. All this isn’t revolutionary – our Lego Mindstorms RCX from 1998 could handle object tracking with the Lego camera. Wall-E has 5 servos inside of him as well as an eBay 2.4 GHz wireless camera.

[DJ Sures] has had a lot of experience modifying toy robots. The Dalek build and a toy robot version of The Doctor’s faithful companion K9 are our favorite builds. This also isn’t his first Wall-E build; [DJ Sures] built one last year, but this is the first Wall-E with this much functionality. Right now, we’re thinking Wall-E needs a girlfriend. Maybe something along the lines of a hovering sphere bot?

Comments

  1. ZeUs says:

    He could easily be more adorable by smoothing out those movements of his. That EZ-B software really seems to pay off.

    Nice build.

  2. Tron9000 says:

    There’s a five year old kid who’s gonna be stoked to get that for his birthday!

  3. Hirudinea says:

    Wall-E is cute but that robot hardware/software is amazing!

  4. Telepath says:

    People should just stop using music on youtube / using youtube altogether…
    This video is not available in germany.

  5. hurt14 says:

    This is very cute! Well done, I think this is the Wall-E robot that captures best the essence of the character and still has a lot of functionality. I ‘m impressed :)

  6. yellowstone says:

    Same here: Video not available in germany. :(

  7. deef says:

    @Telepath so feeling with you!

    Fick die GEMA.

    I hope german curses aren’t forbidden ;)

  8. Andy says:

    I wonder if you could impliment a kinect into his eyes instead of a camera some how, and enable a lot of amazing things. Would be hard on that ucontroller though, possibly?

  9. Bobby J says:

    ez-robot.com? Can’t get there from here.

  10. Peter says:

    germans use http://www.jobhide.com
    works fine for me

    or different proxy

  11. mydnight says:

    That’s really cool, although the eyes are somewhat creepy — personally, I’d stick a camera in the other eye as well, even if the board couldn’t support it, just for symmetry.

  12. moo says:

    Pretty neat! I wonder how much the board/software costs?

  13. mark g says:

    Cool. Okay, so who has a flying Eve robot?

  14. Stendall says:

    I wonder how much of the robot logic and abilities reside on hardware inside of the robot?.
    Sure you can take a remote control toy, add a webcam, interface some servos and attach to a computer. But, where’s the robot?.

  15. Hacksaw says:

    My five year old said…wow papa that’s wall-e ! is it the real wall-e papa? is it? Nice job! Love it!

  16. Dino says:

    This an excellent video and a very cool robot build!! Nice job DJ Sures!!! Well done indeed!!

  17. MS3FGX says:

    The end result is nice, but this is really nothing more than a stealth commercial for the EZ-B he is selling. You just plug some sensors and servos into the board, and the software does all the actual work.

    It is an interesting product for educational use, and for people without much electronics/programming experience, for sure. But buying a commercial kit and putting it together doesn’t seem like it is HaD worthy, especially when the submitter is the guy who is making the kit in the first place.

  18. Dan Fruzzetti says:

    Wall-E was inspired by a real robot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RyodnisVvU the “Yellow Drum Machine.” I remember commenting, “the thing is so cute and almost lifelike you should name it.”

  19. DJ Sures says:

    Thank you everyone :) The entire EZ-Robot project was inspired by hack-a-day features of my builds. It’s a passion of mine to help put robots in our homes. I enjoy doing the ground-work to leverage your future robots. The EZ-Robot project wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for past Hack-a-day features.

  20. anon says:

    I think he could have done something to hide the webcam, because as it is, wall-e looks like a cyborg (i know thats not possible).
    Otherwise, neat project!

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