Hack: Turn a toy gun into a motion-activated water gun turret

Aug. 11, 2016

What if you could turn a plastic toy gun into a motion-activated water gun turret?

Water gun fights are a great way to beat the heat and demonstrate your military skills. But the pump-action water guns we grew up just don't seem as impressive anymore. What if you could turn a plastic toy gun into a motion-activated water gun turret?

According to Jason Poel Smith for Make Magazine: "The gun is controlled with an infrared motion sensor and an Arduino microcontroller. The motion sensor detects when someone walks in front of the gun, and then the Arduino activates a relay that is connected to the trigger and fires the gun. You can set it up in a hall or in a doorway and it will shoot anyone who walks by. This is a fun way to prank your friends."

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Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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