A Penn State University student posted the final project for his Advanced Mechatronics class on YouTube two days ago, and it’s already received over 200,000 hits.
Why you ask? What was the project?
Well, YouTube user kss5095 made a working Portal turret based off the popular game. He writes: “The robot is the skeleton of a turret from the game Portal that uses an IP webcam to track a target and fire nerf bullets at them.”
That’s right, the turret tracks its target with a webcam and hits them with Nerf darts…
He goes on to state that he’s also molding an exterior shell for the frame to make it look more like the Portal turret when he is done, as well as actively improving his code to make tracking faster.
All the programming for the robotic turret was done with MATLAB and Arduino.
The turret has also received a positive response on Reddit, where users are already hoping to get a glimpse at the code script, though (unfortunately) as some have already pointed out, it may actually belong to the University.
Either way, it’s still a pretty damn cool geeky gamer inspired robot!
(Via The Daily What)