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ZephyrEye, Paintball Gaming System

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ZephyrEye, Paintball Gaming System

Created by Brad Nelson

The ZephyrEye is a small electronic gadget, inspired by radar systems in first-person shooters. Using a GPS sensor and long-range transmitters, it can keep track of bases, forts, bunkers, field perimeters, as well as scoring for games such as King of the Hill, Capture the Flag, and video game favorites such as Team Slayer from Halo. And, of course, it also shows you where all the players are on the field and the direction they are traveling, with optional settings to show or hide enemy players. Depending on the chosen game-type, players can re-spawn, just like in video games, by returning to a neutral or base location for a preset duration of time. "Dead Men Walking" (or, players that are still on the field but have been shot, hence "dead" and out of bounds) are identified on the radar screen to discourage cheating and to keep players from accidentally shooting non-combatants. It also displays ammo count (usage detected by a microphone), time, and has a basic menu-based messaging system for team direction. You can see more on Brad's blog.

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    Anonymous , February 9, 2010 2:41 PM
    Picture 18 bad link.
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    megamanx00 , February 9, 2010 3:23 PM
    The Best one has to be the Rail Gun, and then he's making an upgraded one at that. OMFG! Looking at the power it requires one wonders if a laser would be better, but I think there is just something about projectile weapons we seem to really like.
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    atomrend , February 9, 2010 3:25 PM
    The link for the Faceman(#19) internet remote has a typo in it. I would like something like that to control electrical use in my place. Use the web to turn the water heater on or off. I do think something like this would be best using the electrical wiring throughout the home as the network. For something like this, it does not have to be very fast.
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    Anonymous , February 9, 2010 3:39 PM
    Picture 8 of 33 has a space at the end of the link.
    http://roteno.com/?q=node/78%20
    Link should read:
    http://roteno.com/?q=node/78
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    Tomsguiderachel , February 9, 2010 5:28 PM
    Thanks for all the comments notifying us of the bad links. We experienced a strange bug on our URLs today but it should all be fixed now.
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    quantumrand , February 11, 2010 1:29 AM
    My favorites are AeroQuad and Puzzlemation.

    I'm tempted to try my hand at the whole Maker scene by making an AeroQuad-like system. I might start off with a cheap 3-axis accelerometer stabilization and remote flight. Then later I'll see about adding additional axis and GPS for flight automation, maybe solar cells for prolonged flights.

    It would be pretty awesome to make it capable of navigating from one coast to the other, with a cellular GSM module for communication for status updates and recieving weather information.
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    elel , February 15, 2010 10:19 PM
    If you like the rail gun, you should look at powerlabs.org!!!
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    anamaniac , February 16, 2010 10:45 AM
    elelIf you like the rail gun, you should look at powerlabs.org!!!

    If you like the railgun, you should see what the American military are doing. =)

    Physics is awesome. Lets go blow stuff up (in the name of science, of course).
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    bogcotton , February 16, 2010 2:50 PM
    Number 16 is just asking to be modified by drug smugglers.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 17, 2010 5:22 AM
    PHOOEY! I wanted the Sparkfun Electronics movie poster. I went to the Sparkfun web site and discovered it is a one of a kind poster made in house as a Christmas gift to the boss! :( 
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