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Ben Heck mods Atari Joystick into Cat Toy

posted Nov 19, 2011, 3:40 AM by Troy Cheek   [ updated Nov 19, 2011, 3:41 AM ]
In episode 30 of the Ben Heck Show, our host creates a toy to get your lazy cats off their fuzzy butts and onto the dance floor.  Using parts left over from other projects, Ben hacks together stepper motors and a laser pointer to make cats run from one side of the room to the other.  But how to program such a device?  How to set up the perfect range of motion to keep your cats occupied?  It turns out that an old Atari 2600 joystick is the perfect input device!

Introducing electronics hobbyist Ben Heckendorn, star of the all new Ben Heck Show, sponsored exclusively by element14. Join Ben and his friends for bi-weekly episodes as they build and mod a host of amazing community-inspired electronics creations.