[Andrew] and his brother had some time (and a lot of ping pong balls) on their hands, so they decided to have some fun and built a remote-controlled ping pong ball turret.
Arduino aside, the turret is cheap and easy to build as [Andrew’s] writeup explains. The firing mechanism was constructed using a pair of foam wheels and motors, which is used to launch the ping pong balls much like a baseball pitching machine. The balls are stored above the wheels in a cardboard tube and released by a mechanical flap when triggered.
When [Andrew] is ready to release the turret’s payload, he sends a command to his computer over VNC, which relays the command to the Arduino over a serial connection, triggering the flap. While the control scheme could certainly benefit from direct, wireless phone-to-Arduino communications, it seems to work well enough for [Andrew’s] needs.
Check out the video dramatization below to see [Andrew] “surprise” his brother with a hail of ping pong balls after the jump.
15 thoughts on “Rapid Fire, Remote Controlled Ping Pong Ball Turret”
Like the video! Reminds me of this unfortunate remake of “The Jackal” with Bruce Willis. What a crap movie…
I really hope that is the actual noise it makes
I was thinking the same thing :)
Be careful shooting those ping pong balls near the fireplace. They’re made of celluloid
I was thinking the same….
I remember they burn like hell and create a lot of smoke. My thought was why not putting them on fire ;)
Or only every 5th of them … as a tracer ;)
laaaaaaame… i know i know it’s kind of cool but they should have make it air powered – with high enough pressure it could rip them in half
Wow. somebodys got waaaaaaaay to much time on their hands.
I was hoping it looked like the turrets in Portal..
I would love to harass my cats with this. Great project!
Cool hack but forget trying to sell it to the army, the Chinese already have a countermeasure.
and ours was connected to twitter!!
oh fecking embedding:
Complex? Its an Arduino with some dumb rubber wheels.. Great project for beginners I guess.
just needs motion tracking…
Great production in that video editing. Good job on the hack too.
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