Student Builds Real-Life Portal Turret [Video]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 15th, 2012

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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/15/12
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