I dunno, but the first thing that popped into my head was whether or not it was possible to mod R.O.B. using some sort of phidget.
From the looks of it, it wouldn't be difficult at all. Looks like it uses run of the mill DC electric motors.picture of the inside
....so i guess you'd just snip the leads, feed them into the Phidgets DC controller, and voilla.
Speaking of ancient video game gear .... I recently found a "Camerica freedom stick" in my grandmother's basement. I've been dying to experiment with it using my Phidgets IR.
I mean.....it's kinda goofy, and I'm not really sure what I could use it for. It's really just to satisfy my curiosity.