Plasma Caster [UPDATE Sept. 24, 2010]

I finaly started working on a moc Plasma Caster like the one attached to the Predators shoulder.

Here are some pictures of the first setup. I plan to make changes.The range finder you see will judge the distance from my face, if I turn my head and it goes too far away, the servo will move in the direction I moved my head to get back in its original position; hence, it will follow my head looking where I look. Tilted head position will be judged from an accelerometer and mapped to the servos as well.

Later plans include:

  • Coil gun
  • Strobe light from disposable camera
  • Camera for Facial Recognition
  • Movement detection
  • Fiberglass shoulder mount
  • Bluetooth and controlled via HTC

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I now have my Ping))) mapping to the servo movements. It is kinda twitchy, but it is working better than I had planned. The Ping))) is going to be mounted on the shoulder mount itself, not on the servos. This is because if it was on the servos, my face could get too close and supply outrages and false data. There is no error checking it this verson of code, it is very gritty and proves concept.

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About Tech B.

I am currently employed as a tech support rep for Frontier DSL internet and Dail-Up service. If you live on the East Coast and have Frontier or the old Verizon, you may have spoken with me at one point. I do side jobs programming and building things for people. I know Python better than any language in my toolbox. I can also develop Android Apps, which are Java based. Other languages include C , VB/VB.NET, some C#, PBASIC, Batch, Javascript, and some PHP. I love microcontrollers and interfacing with the outside world. I am currently working with Arduinos, which are amazing. Also I can work with the Basic Stamp family of microcontrollers; future development includes FPGA and embedded Linux. I was going to school, but have financial issues at the moment that are keeping me from the books. I plan on going back in the next couple semesters and finishing up my Associates in IT, then perusing a BS in computer science.
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