Dead tech: Atari Blender

Atari 2600
Paddle control (1972)

Osterizer Blender
8 speeds
Purchased on or about 2002

Inspired on artist work…

I wanted to use the controller in something other than a game, or replicating a game.
I thought of connecting the controller to the laptop and use it as a switch control to play/ff/rew DVDs.
However, I chose to do this blender switch project instead, because I was curious to see if I could replicate the pictures we saw in class and make it work in real life.
Also, it seemed to be a project I could tackle and complete on my own and in the timeframe we had for the assignment.

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Video demonstrating Atari switch controlling the blender

The potentiometer worked regulating the speed, but it overheated and smoke came out of the atari controller, even though the potentiometer is a 1 Megohm = 1000000 volt/ampere
I am going to search for a resistor I can install to regulate the ampere going to the atari controller.

PS: I can’t wait ’till my mom sees what I did with the blender! LOL

After the potentiometer burn Jonah and Katherine suggested to use a triac
I connected it to the AC cord, then to a battery holder with 4 AA 1.5V batteries and the blender did not turn on. Then I tried using a 2 C 1.5V battery and again the blender did not turn on using the switch.
I tried again connecting the Atari controller directly to the blender and that worked again.

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