Open Source Automated Sentry Guns

Anyone who every played Half Life can agree that these autonomous sentry guns are both cool and very scary.  It is also cool and scary to know that Project Sentry Gun has plans, software and instructions on how to make your own device available for free.  Yes, all the turrets are for paintballs and airsoft guns, but it wouldn’t take much of a tinker to convert them to real, scary guns. It wouldn’t take much of a prison budget shortfall to configure these to create ‘no mans lands’ around prisons, rather than using human guards.

The wistful voice of the turret in the demo video does not help to reduce the creepiness at all.

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RUIN: Short Action Film in an Apocalyptic Ruin

This short film doesn’t spend much time giving us context or story, but it sure is thrilling.  The beginning of the film hints at a back-story, enough to trigger my trope-o-meter and fill in the ‘corporate research run amok’ storyline.  All that is fine, but just enjoy the ride.

It was created by someone named wesball, and the youtube link is here.

via io9.

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