More laser shooting range goodness; now with duckies

Here’s another project that reminds us of the shooting games at a carnival. This was actually inspired by the video game Duck Hunt, and was undertaken as a class project between four students at San Jose State University. It uses moving glass targets that look like rubber duckies. The player shoot sensors at their base with a laser-tipped gun. A direct hit is indicated by the duck glowing blue.

[Lananh Nguyen] is a Business Marketing major, but he’s also minoring in Studio Art and has been blowing glass for years. We think he’ll always have a side job making and selling glass because those ducks look fantastic. [Michael] and [Chris] worked together, building out the oscillating platform which moves the targets back and forth, as well as wiring up light sensors to the Arduino. A green laser diode was added to an acrylic gun to complete the project. Check out the game play video after the break to see how it all comes together.

If you missed the other laser shooting range when we featured it last week, you’ll want to revisit that project which uses tin cans as targets.

Comments

  1. aztraph says:

    cool, can you have them stay on till they all go down and then reset?

    • we didnt have that much time to do the whole project, among other projects, we only had a few weeks to throw this together, but one of the teachers comments was just that, i would have loved to dive into the arduinos a bit more to get that happening, or even a reverse, where all the lights start in the on position and then turn off as they are shot then reset, but unfortunately the whole setup is left at school over the winter break to be shown in a show in spring.

  2. Malikaii says:

    It’s SparkFun Freeday! What are you waiting for?!

  3. steve says:

    Shooting light isn’t that much fun. It’s lacking the thrilling effect of randomness in a bullets path. Light always goes straight.

  4. Paul says:

    Can I buy a glass duck? I’m serious, my girlfriend would love one of those.

  5. Lan-Anh says:

    Thank you very much for writing the blog. Just so you know he is a she.

    Secondly, for the person who is interested in getting a duck please email me at lananh.nguyen@students.sjsu.edu

    Cheers!

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