|Desk Top Guardian 2002|
Ever wonder what would happen if a office rubber band fight escalated into an arms race?
Well wonder no longer, I cant think of a way to take rubber band war fare to a higher level other than automate it and then run away,.. I mean stay out or range of your enemy
The DTG uses a sonar sensor to detect distance within 25 feet, to the accuracy of 1/4 of an inch. it starts out by scanning its environment and taking distance measurements at ten different points in a 180deg arc. storing those distances in memory it then proceeds to step back and forth through that arc until it detects a change in distance. When it detects a change it presumes that something is moving through that area and it fires one of three rubber bands. after the shot it takes a second measurement reading, if the target is still there it fires again and again until all three are shot. If the target has moved it goes back to scanning its environment.
This robot grossly under uses an OOPic II's processing power, and two generic servos, Its odd to think i paid $125 to build a rubber band gun, but I guess you would have had to have been there to understand the need..
Yes this was actually built for no other reason than to generate the equivalent of a corporate cold war where everyone was to afraid to keep up the fight, It didn't generate the same awe and fear as the atomic bomb did but you have to think smaller scale than WMD here... It wasn't a total loss its dam cool to whip out at parties..
Yah well you didn't live it man, you don't know what it was like to be a prisoner of war trapped in a little cube and forced to do repetitive work day in and day out... weight a min... Well at least Iv got my own office these days..
Currently its on the fritz which is unfortunate because I lost the original source code for its programming in a hard drive crash.