Mark Frauenfelder at 11:45 am Thu, Mar 29, 2012
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Thanks to Bob's open-source Sentry Gun controller, now anyone can build a gun that "autonomously tracks, aims, and shoots at targets using a webcam."
Pretty soon anyone will be able to build a fully autonomous combat ready robot in their garage. Why does this not make me feel better?
well you still have to poses a level of intelligence to build a kill bot. Be more worried that any drunk idiot can own a gun today.
One who believes that such a sentry gun can work flawlessly is neither intelligent nor knowledgeable.
We should all be aware that in Florida at least, it’s not the drunk idiots you need to worry about.
Just make sure it only recognizes people in hoodies and you have an airtight case of self-defense.
Cool. I know a few people who made sentry paintball guns. Worked really well too. Right out of Aliens.
I don’t think of “Worked really well” and “Right out of Aliens” as phrases that get along well…
B gun’s at 20.
They *did* work really well…right up to the point that they ran out of ammo.
Yep. Needed several more cases of ammo.
A bit of Sand Flea recognition software and we’ll be good to go.
Exactly. I want one of these mounted on a Sand Flea.
Unsuspecting burgulars standing around on a roof… then….
SURPRISE!!! AR15 SAND FLEA!!! Brap brbrbrbrbrbrap rap rap!
Solves that problem.
I will need to update the software to properly recognize and respond to your AR15 Sand Flea.
My AR15 Sand Flea will shoot your Robo AR15′s bullets, and I will have an extra bullet to finish the job! then BOINGGGG, back to ground level.
Deploy the quadrotor electronic counter-measure swarm defense system, stat!
My horde of spherical self-propelled neutron-pulse generators will take out your quadrotor electronics, as the sand fleas leap to a safe distance.
So does this mean an actual Gun gun or a Nerf gun, or a Super Soaker or a laser tag gun or a paintball gun? Because if people are automating real firearms I need to buy a small valley somewhere – nowhere if possible – and dig a hole in it to live in.
if it’ll work with a paintball gun, it’ll work with any other gun you care to hook to it…
Not necessarily. The recoil from many firearms would rip a mount for a paintball gun to shreds.
beefing up the mount is, in the scheme of things, a pretty minor alt.
Might as well jump ahead to engineering ways to absorb/disperse recoil, for the inevitable next step of mounting on quadcopters.
Adds a whole new element to the 2nd amendment doesn’t it.
The right to own a robotic killbot is protected under the constitution
And the 14th amendment. Killbots are people too.
Right up there with corporations.
And what’s really great is – once you get your small valley somewhere, you can protect it with automated sentry guns! Automated sentry guns, the problem that solves itself!
A valley? These are going to be on every mountaintop.
now anyong can build a gun that
I think Anne Ong can build a gun that something. She’s pretty good with robotics.
Why should I have to sit and cheer Annyong? Annyong never cheers me.
You could have your own Half Life LARP with a few more of these.
i’d sap that.
That high-pitched humming you hear is Isaac Asimov spinning in his grave.
(People pointing out that Asimov was cremated will be sent to the sentry bot testing arena.)
Was he cremated by an automated sentry laser?
An automated rotisserie/sentry laser, yes.
Can track hoodies and skittles.
I wonder if the company that makes Skittles makes hoodies? Perhaps if you combine then, they cancel each other out?
Why not just nuke the place from orbit — only way to make sure, right?
What happened to the guy who bought the Segway company again?
Can you give it a voice that sounds adorable, saying “Who’s there?” and “I see you.” ?
Personally, I just want to make it immune to Autohack darts.
Still, “No hard feelings” is just the polite thing to say when toppling over.
Then I’ll be sure not to use a webcam near it.
It might be just as effective with a laser sight and blank ammo. That would be a trouser-soiling experience.
A chair may be more stable and available than a tripod, and would make this a Bioshock turret.
The South Africans have an anti aircraft version of this. It finds its own targets, engages them on its own, and even reloads itself when it runs out of shells. And then one day…
The only practical application for this is the coming zombie apocalypse. Therefore, I applaud the open-sourceiness of it. It takes a brave man to declare that zombies are a threat to all.
Oh good! Nothing bad could possibly come of this. Perhaps they could sell it into gated communities in Florida.
Good thing milita types, zetas and the like don’t know how to use the internet.
SkyNet activated. T1 system initiated.
If you can destroy the system with a $5 laser pointer and a bucket of water it’s probably not a good security alternative.
Oh Great! Just give it a real gun , some mobility and we’re all F’d.
how about an automated sentry robot that greets the intruder with a nice cup of tea? then chats with your uninvited guest about lifestyle choices and how a positive social contribution will add to a sense of personal well being…
I can think of no way commercial use of this product could possibly lead to any problems.
I wonder how hard it would be to adapt the software to control a USB foam rocket launcher. That would be the ultimate in desktop defense.
How does it detect that the targets are using a webcam? ;)
Just what we need: more shootings, less responsibility.
Now just to package it in an ovoid shaped turret a la Portal :)
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