This was a triumph.
I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
Original Kickstarter Video
Science Sentry Turret is the cute, but deadly, sentry gun found
in the Portal™ games. I am building a full sized, fully functional sentry
gun, minus one part deadly and plus two parts of cute. I am building this
replica simply because I feel that having one would be amazingly awesome. This
replica will include video processing AI, 3 axes of motion, and anything
else that we can make fit in such a tight space. It will stand about 40
inches tall, and will be constructed of resin, steel, and aluminum by me
and a few of the creative geeks at FAMiLab, Orlando's Hackerspace.
I've been planning to build this functional Aperture Science
Turret for some time, and I am excited to have a project that requires
a diverse skill set. I grew up working in my father's woodshop,
moving on to engineering, 3D modelling and programming applications,
games, and embedded systems. I'm current pursuing my Bachelor's Degree
in Game Development from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL. Not long
after starting at Full Sail, I joined FAMiLab, Orlando's Hackerspace,
in order to meet others interested in learning more about science and
technology through their creative projects.
The FAMiLab team (including me!) recently finished our project for
Element14's Great Global Hackerspace Challenge. This project required
us to build an educational product in less than 6 weeks. We worked
hard, had fun and learned A LOT. After this success, I've asked the
talented team at FAMiLab to collaborate on the Sentry Turret project.
They bring an even more diverse set of skills, from welding to
embedded systems design to 3D printing, and allow us to use the best
techniques and materials for the various subsystems of the Sentry
People have asked why?
Sure, at the end of the day we will have improved AI, or made it possible for
more people to be interested in computer sciences. Sure I am helping to build a
community of makers and thinkers in Orlando. But as Cave reminds us:
“Science isn't about
why, it's about why not. “ – Cave Johnson.
As a Sponsoring Test Subject, you will get a weekly update (minimum)
filled will pictures, diagrams, code snippets, and video of the
production. Sponsoring Test Subjects will also get early access to the
full project documentation including hardware designs, all code, and
full build documentation. My goal is not only to build the Aperture
Science Sentry Turret, but also to enable others to build their very
own. Of course for the most dedicated of Sponsoring Test Subjects, I
will build and ship you a turret based on my final designs.
Upon completion of the Sentry Turret, Please get ready to assume the party
going position as there will be cake! The project team will host a launch party
in Orlando area starring our very own Sentry Turret. All
Sponsoring Test Subjects will be invited to come and test with the
completed sentry. Details of the event will be posted, as we put the
final touches on the Sentry Turret.
Thank you for considering my project - and remember that every dollar
helps us reach the goal of testing with a functional Sentry Turret!
And now, Test Subject, your final test is to tell your friends about
this project by text, tweet, like, post, or by passing a message taped
to a Weighted Companion Cube. Whatever the method, bring more Test
Subjects for testing; we need all the help we can get!