July 25, 2013

Create an Arduino-based shooting game

 Now it's time to have fun with an Arduino-based project and the following by Instructables member "samchoy88" hits the spot. His project is a shooting practice game, however instead of pellets it relies on beams of infra-red light to hit the target. More specifically - a toy gun is fitted with an Arduino-compatible circuit that generates an IR beam from a transmitter mounted in the barrel. And the target - based on an old CD - contains another Arduino and IR receiver LEDs, and the whole thing is mounted on a servo arm. When a successful hit has been made, the servo flips the target over to a horizontal position, giving the effect the target has been shot, for example:

With a larger target and more strategically-placed IR receivers you could make a form of electronic darts. There's many possibilities, so visit the project page to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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