Tinkerer Builds an Autonomous Sentry Gun Turret. All With Consumer Tech?
All it takes is a Raspberry Pi, an airsoft gun, and some scrap metal.
A gun turret is a mounting platform from which all kinds of weapons can be fired. It affords the user a certain level of protection and visibility as well as the ability to turn and aim. In this video, YouTuber Randomn builds just such a turret using scrap metal, an airsoft gun, a 3D printer, a solar charger, and a Raspberry Pi computer.
Why might you ask? Well, simply because he can.
"Ordinarily, I would explain why I built a project first... but frankly, the answer this time is "just because I wanted to!" So this is how I built my homemade autonomous AND manually controlled airsoft sentry turret! This project was a great introductory project to the world of RaspberryPi for me personally. If you choose to replicate this project, there isn't all that much to it if you approach it methodically, and I think it's actually more simple than many might realize!" writes Randomn in his video description.
How did the YouTuber manage to construct a gun turret from essentially nothing? Where did he find all the scrap metal needed for the project? And what programming skills did he have to acquire for the turret to work properly? This video answers all these questions and more.