Build your own megalomaniacal Hal 9000 for less than 100 bucks

Credit: Steve Pell

It's been 45 years since Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was released upon an unsuspecting public. Now, nearly half a century later, the fervor of those original fans has spread across generations and resulted in some pretty impressive tributes to Kubrick's landmark opus.

Case in point: Adafruit has just released a full list of instructions that allow you to build your own HAL 9000. Yep, you can piece together your own backstabbing murderous computer — and it won't cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, it won't quite cost you a Benjamin.

If having your own wall-mounted megalomaniac is your wish, and building it yourself sounds like the best possible way to get it, then Adafruit's Arduino-based project is just for you. Before you embark on your own DIY odyssey however, we should warn you that this build is not for the faint of heart. Obviously, you'll need to know your way around Arduino programming. But that's not all. You'll also need to handle painting, sanding and soldering as well. And ideally you've got access to a laser cutter too.

It sounds like a lot of work, but the result speaks for itself. Literally. Check out an already-completed HAL 9000 being tormented by his human overlord in the video below.

Adafruit, via Engadget

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