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This software is designed to automatically detect, track and anticipate moving targets so that a robotic turret, powered by off-the-shelf hobby servos, can accurately engage them. The turret can be bought or built to aim a paintball gun, second video/still image camera, airsoft gun, water gun, nerf gun, laser, etc…

Source – The Sentry Project

Check out the video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxBa5bQfTGc[/youtube]

Very cool idea, and setup.  Seems like the software and hardware could use a bit of work when it comes to stability, speed, and accurate targeting… judging by the company’s website, the programmer is hard at work on software upgrades.

The total cost for this rig (minus the laptop and gun) is $250

My only question is, how long until someone pops a real gun into that rig and causes some major damage?

Seems like a huge liability considering the way you fire a toy gun and a real gun is pretty much identical.  The only thing that would likely need to be upgraded is the strength of the turret, because of the increased recoil it would need to withstand.

If you buy one of these please don’t hook it up to a computer labeled “HAL 9000” :P

Hat Tip: SayUncle

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For Example: Ballistic software applications in the field:

The iPad is of course on the right :P

Forgive the low quality.. it was the best I could come up with given the quality of the picture.

You can find the Knights Armament ballistic software – HERE

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Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes’ systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.

SkyGrabber looks like a very interesting piece of software.

From the SkyGrabber website:

SkyGrabber is offline satellite internet downloader. It intercepts satellite data( movie, music, pictures ) that downloadind by other users and saves information in your hard disk. So, you’ll get new movie, best music and funny pictures for free.

That is a direct quote… I didn’t make up that terrible grammar and spelling.

Link to SkyGrabber software website – HERE

Full Story at the Wall Street Journal – HERE

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