Tank drone with automatic targeting and tracking

Humankind is making some great advances toward our own destruction with this tank drone. It’s got a powerful set of treads with an Airsoft rifle perched atop. Thanks to the cameras and the laser this thing can accurately target based on color. The hardware is controlled by a collection of Arduino boards connected via XBee so that Processing can be used on a computer. Just combine this with the facial recognition from yesterday and you’ve got the first generation of Terminators. Watch the clip after the break and you’ll realize that we’re doomed.


  1. Winston says:

    The day we’re completely doomed is the day that they program this to turn around when it hears someone creeping up behind it.

    Or when they make another model with panoramic vision.

  2. Hirudinea says:

    Send the Taliban a few thousand copies of terminator movies the release a couple of thousand of these in Afghanistan and the war will be over in a week! (And if not threaten to send in Christian Bale!)

  3. golem23 says:

    Ihr könnt stolz sein auf diesen Mist, ihr Helden… :(

  4. plainnash says:

    Reminds me a lot of Law Abiding Citizen…

  5. Oren Beck says:

    Is this an ancestor of Bolo Unit LNE?

    Being serious however, we’re approaching a point of near certainty that some cretin’s going to cause Very Bad Things with an armed ‘bot.

  6. Comrade says:

    Was stimmt nicht damit?

    There are several of these types of things that are already in production for the military though. Cool project though, looks like those guys had lots of fun.

  7. Roon says:

    I totally agree, I love these kind of projects but I really doubt anything good’ll come from this sort of technology, well at least not until people have been killed by it and people start fighting fire with fire.

  8. ChalkBored says:

    That thing needs a stabilized gun mount. Though it explains why terminators can’t hit the broad side of a barn when they’re chasing after things.
    (With the exception of padlocked chains while riding motorcycles.)

  9. JB says:

    On another note, the robot is demanding to be upgraded to a 50 cal. now that the testing with the airsoft is done (runs for the hills) :P

  10. CompletelyUnbiased says:

    Reminds me a lot of the MAARS robot by Qinetiq, mostly because I see it every day.



  11. M4CGYV3R says:

    As long as it’s running on Arduinos I’ll hold off on fearing for my safety.

  12. Jack Sprat says:

    Now it just needs some facial recognition software, bam! Terminator!

  13. Hitek146 says:

    I, for one, welcome our… Oh, nevermind… :)

  14. cptwinder says:

    Anyone know what tank tracks these are? Custom maybe…

  15. Ron says:

    it looks cool but http://www.paintballsentry.com has a much better targeting system.

  16. cityfox says:

    nice, lets do a bank robbery with this thing =D
    btw. its good not only the military have such tools…

  17. keastes says:

    @oren, no more likely the mark XV bolo of the line restartus, the first fully autonomus contitintal seige engine.

  18. Tankzor says:

    “Humankind is making some great advances toward our own destruction”

    Sooner the better also do us a favor and nuke shithole countries like Romania, Africa. Only the alcohol/drugs which makes people not to hang themselves every day when they wake up…

  19. ftorama says:

    Well, give me 2-3000 dollars and I’ll do the same….Here we have a commercial tank platform, an airsoft gun and a remote.

    Vision is very basic….tracking an orange ball on a white background is one of the first lessons of a student in artificial vision.

    Nothing really impressive in that. Real drones are much more freaky….

  20. AKA the A says:

    JB: the .50 would throw it no its back :D

  21. NoradIV says:

    I’m still waiting for robocop

  22. Gavin says:

    Wow! I’ve always been a fan of engineering! This is amazing! Send this to afganastan and the war will be over in a day!

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