I need someone to explain this to me.

Wireless rover has two guns…one for each of ya

texas_ranger_airsoft_rover

We never really get bored with remote-controlled rovers around here, especially when they involve reusing some old hardware as well as lasers. [Tycoon] wrote in to share his creation, which he has dubbed “Texas Ranger”.

Texas Ranger is built around an old Linksys WRT54GL router, which provides the rover’s WiFi connectivity as well as the serial interface through which everything else is controlled. The rover features a pair of PIC microcontrollers, which handle all of the servo control as well as telemetry calculations.

An onboard camera gives the operator a driver’s seat view of the action, allowing for precise control of the vehicle. Laser triangulation is used to help measure object distance, and a pair of airsoft pellet guns straddle the camera for whenever [Tycoon] feels like making his presence known. One feature we are especially fond of is the pair of Wii nunchucks which the rover uses to monitor its position. Always aware of its operating angle, it auto-adjusts the camera to compensate for uneven surfaces, guaranteeing that [Tycoon] doesn’t have to tilt his head to see straight.

Keep reading to see a quick demo video he shot of Texas Ranger in action.

Comments

  1. JamieWho says:

    That. was. awesome.

    Now I know what to do with that spare router I took apart in the garage last year.

  2. ChalkBored says:

    I’m glad that quiet operation is never a priority when people build kill-bots. Means that it won’t be sneaking up on me while I’m listening to Rob Zombie.

    It’s got a lot of nice features, and the web interface seems well thought out. Just needs to take snapshots of it’s victims as they’re getting pelted by plastic bullets, then put them up on a website as trophies.

  3. Matthew Wiebe says:

    “Yer so drunk, yer probably seein’ double!”

    ….

    “Well, I’ve got two guns — One for each of ya!”

    Gotta be the best Val Kilmer line ever!

  4. Drake says:

    coming soon to grade school hallways and computer science majors dorm rooms near you

  5. caleb says:

    wouldnt this be an example of an ITAR nono? not that it should stop any of us :-D

  6. Hirudinea says:

    Terminator T-.1?

  7. jadon says:

    tombstone reference FTW

  8. Matthew Wiebe says:

    The best damn heroin addicted western movie ever!

    I mean that, too.

    I really like it.

    BAM!

  9. steve says:

    It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye- wait… two eyes. Nice built.

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