Dropping Science: The Open Source Sentry Gun That YOU Can Own!

This week, in an effort to be thoroughly responsible towards our readers, I want to talk about how to built a robot gun for use about the house! Before the weirder ones among you get too excited you should know that the gun in question is a paintball gun and if you were to try and build a live firing version then you would well deserve the bullet in the backside that would probably result.

Project Sentry Gun is an open source project which aims to provide users with all the info they need to create  “a paintball/airsoft spewing robot, that can turn the tides of any match.” Using a custom made computer program and some clever engineering, the team have succeeded in creating a robot that identifies targets, tracks them and covers them in paint. Just how responsible it is to put instructions for a robot gun on the internet is a debatable point, but you have to admit that when used responsibly it’s kind of cool. Next time Steve and I go paintballing, I’m building me one of these bad boys.

Now if only they’d included code to make it spew Portal 2 dialogue while it fires.



Dropping Science: The Car of the Future…of 1930!


Tired of driving to work in your boring four wheeled car? Well that’s because, according to 1930, you’re living in the past! Trade in your old banger and get in the fast lane with a sweet ONE wheeled ride!

The Dynasphere was invented by a British company back in the 1930s and promised to “one day revolutionise modern transport“. I’m perhaps not spoiling anything when I tell you that it never really caught on (outside the realm of children’s toys) however the footage of it’s initial demonstration at Western-Super Mare remains.

Watch, enjoy and dream of an alternate world where we’re all rolling to work.


Karakuri: The first Japanese Clockwork Robots

Karakuri from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

The Japanese have had more than a passing interest in robotics for generations. Well before the term robotics was coined the fine art of engineering Karakuri was developed. The patient and refined art of creating small clockwork models move in an almost unimaginably natural and refined way. Check this out to see a lady robot right a tiny Japanese symbol and then nod suggestively at you. Beautiful and a testament to fine artists and engineers and designers who slave everywhere to bring pieces of rare and unimaginable beauty.