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Kid Builds Functional Portal Turret For School Project


Seen here hanging out with his friend the motorized wheelchair, the fully functional Portal turret that Penn State University student/Youtube user kss5095 built for his final project in Advanced Mechatronics (WTF are they teaching kids these days?) prepares to blast a trespasser with NERF darts. The gun tracks victims via webcam and its builder plans to create a game-accurate Aperture Science shell for it in the coming months. Me? I plan on stealing it after that time and mounting it in my yard. "But how will you steal it without getting shot?" Simple, I'm gonna repel down from above on a cable like that guy in the that one movie. "Mission Impossible?" No, I haven't seen any of those -- that other movie, the one I really liked. "Spy Kids?" YES! Might be time to break out the DVD and watch it again.

Hit the jump for a video demo.

Thanks to Mark, who doesn't need an automated turret to guard his house because he doesn't sleep and has nunchucks taped to both hands. I like your style bro -- high five. *OW!*

There are Comments.
  • Guest

    "identify's via shirt color" I get the feeling he's mixing some o' Engineer tech (TF2) in that robut .

    Anyway very impressive work here.

  • How is a Penn State University student a kid?

  • Emmitt Morgans

    ...especially one who's completing a GRADUATE course...

  • James Horton

    "But how will you steal it without getting shot?"
    Portal gun obviously.....

  • Emmitt Morgans

    ASHPD, noob!

    I'm sorry, I just felt like calling someone a "noob"... it doesn't feel as good as I thought it would.  I basically just feel like a douche now.

  • DomPearceDesign

    Erm... Geekology, I'm not 100% sure about the American system but I'm fairly certain a student making something for university doesn't really count as "Kid" and "School Project." I also doubt "Mechatronics" (isn't Robotics easier to say?) is taught to school kids. Just saying, is all.

  • Mighty Molecule

    weak. remember that time valve spent a decade building a functional beta for half life 3?

    ....hl3 or GTFO...

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