Defcon Bot challenge prototype


[Colin] sent in his prototype for the Defcon bot contest. The performance of the bot in the video is impressive. Hit it after the break. His build looks clean and simple – he even managed to score some sponsorship in the form of pololu servo controllers. Targeting the moving white sensor reminds me of the old MacGuyver episode with the lethal heat seeking robots.

If you’re working on any attack bots, feel free to let us know via the tips line.

Update: I woke up to realize that I forgot to embed the video. It should work now.

Comments

  1. Apothus says:

    Cool setup and it appears fast too.

    It reminds me off one a similar system i saw a few years back only it detected object movement on the camera ad the gun i believe was an air pellet version of a P90.

    I think the idea behind using the gun was that at a later date it could be replaced with a real wapon.

  2. penske says:

    the idea is pretty gay, but the music is cool.

  3. Crash says:

    It’s down already.

  4. @1 – Hmm. Its up now.

  5. @2 – lol, thanks. Iron Maiden gets me pumped like no other.

  6. Ciaran says:

    Hmmm let me think of a number

    09F911029D74E35bD84156C5635688C0

    Enjoy, use it wisely.

  7. plasmonicgrid says:

    Nice. And here I was just thinking of constructing a giant AirZooka for the competition. :-P

  8. This could be amazingly useful in a combat setting, in a very much “the tech we have now is ready” kind of way.

    Obviously, we are a few leaps and bounds from anything like an assassin droid, but I was thinking rather you would disperse a number of these robots in a tactical setting and then the soldiers would use lasers to paint targets (coupled with some sort of wireless ident, of course).

    Advantages:
    (1) Soldiers don’t have to worry about a heavy gun.
    (2) Soldiers don’t have to worry about ammunition.
    (3) Soldiers can hit a target hidden behind “cover” from a multitude of different angles, even if the target was hidden from view.
    (4) Once a target is painted, soldiers can keep under cover or even retreat while the robots continue to lay down fire at the target.
    (5) Soldiers can fire multiple directions at once.
    ….

  9. jason anders says:

    This is based on the inventgeek turret project.

    http://inventgeek.com/Projects/usbairsoftturret/Overview.aspx

  10. @9:

    This is *NOT* based on the inventgeek turret project. In fact I believe I began working on things before that project was released.

    The invent geek turret uses a pre-made base from a 40$ product you can buy online. I built mine from the ground up, and am using entirely different code, servos, protocol.

    I am using the same gun… only by chance though. probably because its the cheapest electric airsoft gun out there, lol.

  11. Yan says:

    i’m going to be using the same gun as well for my defcon bot. i haven’t made nearly as much progress on mine though.

  12. an0ther_1 says:

    The design looks similar to a project I’ve seen at RIT. Are the designers of this from RIT?

  13. bking says:

    Really impressive! I like it!

  14. adam says:

    very cool. in the video its just white on black background. how does it work with different colors?

  15. Xios117 says:

    This looks amazing.
    I want one. :)

  16. @12

    No, I’m just a lone ranger going to a small school in Wisconsin (UW Eau Claire). I would be interested to see RITs project though, do you have any info?

  17. TJHooker says:

    Reminds me of a cut up airsoft gun literally strapped to a base from something else, oh wait, it is. He didn’t use duct tape, and that counts for something I guess.

  18. mkoracer says:

    haha tjhooker, and the wheel is just a square with the corners rounded off.

  19. Arcade says:

    Great pic and video – thanks for sharing.

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