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Student Builds Real-Life Portal Turret [Video]

What’s the perfect final project for an Advanced Mechatronics class? A functioning and armed Portal turrent, of course.

Courtesy of Pennstate student and YouTube user kss5095, a fully functional sentry turret. He writes:

This is the final project for my Advanced Mechatronics class at Penn State University. 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. This is the current state of the robot as of 5/9/12, but I am currently molding a shell for the frame to make it look like the Portal turret, along with improving my code to make the tracking faster. All programming is done with MATLAB and Arduino. Enjoy!

We’re patiently awaiting the future version that comes with dual paintball guns and a massive ammo hopper.

Real Tracking and Shooting Portal Turret [YouTube]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/15/12

Comments (3)

  1. Paul A.

    Create a working portal gun and I bet you could get a Noble Prize, as well as an A in Advanced Mechatronics.

  2. badger_fruit

    Beyond awesome!!

  3. ms buffie

    “Would you come over here?” I love it!!

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