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Robot Armed With Paintball Gun Chases Down Victims

by Paul Strauss

The only thing worse than taking a paintball pellet in your ass is when your return fire won’t end up inflicting the same pain on your opponent. That’s what you have to look forward to if you end up going toe-to-toe with this robotic foe.

Gepetto AI Robot with Paintball Gun

Created by builder Che Edoga (aka “darkback2”), his wood and metal robot “Gepetto” can fire paintballs while it tools around via remote control.

While Gepetto was designed first and foremost as an artificially-intelligent mobile robotic platform, the paintball add-on turns it into a work of pure evil genius.

In addition to being able to carry a load, Gepetto has a built in video camera and screen for interacting with passersby (or maybe to remotely taunt its victims when in paintball mode).

Gepetto AI Robot with MacBook

Gepetto is actually strong enough to carry around a laptop on its back, and can manage driving on challenging surfaces thanks to independent wheel mechanisms that can travel as much as three inches in height. While the robot is strong enough to navigate on carpet or other uneven surfaces, it’s probably not going to climb hills any time soon.

Darkback2 plans on continuing to refine the ‘bot’s navigation, intelligence, vision and other systems in the coming months. Check out the details of his progress over on the Trossen Robotics forums. (by the way, Gepetto was a runner up in Trossen’s latest robot contest).

In the mean time, if I see Gepetto coming down the road, I’m heading the other way.

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Comments (9):

  1. maybe he should put a wiper on the camera lens cause us experienced paint ball players would look to cripple it by the means of sight!

  2. This is seriously sweet. It’d be great for when you want to practice shooting and there is no one around. Or you could put a heat censor on it and play some paintball hide and seek or something. Awesome!

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  4. debbie says:

    what a great idea

  5. How hilarious. How long did it take to build that thing. Wish I had one lol.

  6. paintballer says:

    oh the fun you could have a mean machine like this.

  7. Bill says:

    This thing is actually cool. Good job on the build! Has the owner ever taken it out into a real game of paintball?


  8. Visual Impact Muscle Building says:

    That’s proves the advancement of technology in Robotics. And yet, nice writing with some great pics.

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