Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster: Programming Mayhem with Processing and Arduino

Paperback | August 6, 2013

byBryce Bigger

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Design and build your own robotic, Arduino-powered sentry blaster!

Break out the big daddy blaster--and teach it to act on its own! Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster walks you through cool DIY projects, suchas working with motion sensors, remote monitors, and facial detection software, all while building up to the ultimate goal: a robotic NERF weapon that finds and fires on its targets! Have some serious fun along the way as youlearn about creative coding with Processing and Arduino.

Step-by-step instructions show you how to:

  • Construct and mount a servo, NERF blaster, and webcam in harmonious alignment
  • Program Processing to receive video, search it for a face, and then pass instructions to your Arduino board via USB cable
  • Configure Arduino to process the message and instruct the servo to move to a new position
  • Specify your target radius in Processing and, when met, send the message to Arduino that it's time to "open fire!"

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Design and build your own robotic, Arduino-powered sentry blaster!Break out the big daddy blaster--and teach it to act on its own! Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster walks you through cool DIY projects, suchas working with motion sensors, remote monitors, and facial detection software, all while building up to the ultimate goal: a ...

Bryce Bigger is an interactive designer and developer. He is the owner of The Bigger Design, a hotbed of interactive magic making for clients including the U.S. Navy, Oracle, Ping Golf, Lockheed Martin, and the National Institutes of Health. He created The Sentinel Project, an open-source autonomous foam dart gun system, which was show...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:9.1 × 8.3 × 0.6 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0071802754

ISBN - 13:9780071802758

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Table of Contents

Ch 1. Tinkering
Ch 2. Building the NERF Niche
Ch 3. Processing Crash Course
Ch 4. Arduino Crash Course
Ch 5. Motion Detection
Ch 6. Tinkering Pays Off
Ch 7. Foam Dart Blaster Hackery
Ch 8. Blaster Brains and Eyes
Ch 9. Autonomous Avenger Armed
Ch 10. Leveling Up
Appendix A: Parts List
Appendix B: The Sentinel Project Build
Appendix C: Applied Warfare Tactics