Student creates real-life Portal turret

Published on May 10th, 2012

Student creates real life Portal turretPut down those Companion Cube plushies and pretend Aperture Science Handheld Portal Devices: a student at Penn State University has created a real-life Portal turret able to track and shoot intruders.

We’re not kidding.

The student, who created the turret as the final project for his Advanced Mechatronics study, posted a video of the fully functioning turret on YouTube yesterday, demonstrating the turret’s ability to fire Nerf pellets at anyone it detects.

According to the description, a shell is already in production to make it look like a genuine Portal turret. Oh, and it talks, too.

You already want one, right?

Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski revealed that he’d bought a similar Portal turret replica last year, only his one didn’t rotate or fire bullets. We bet he’s kicking himself right now.

Take a look at the video below to see it in action.

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    1. Posted by gridsleep on November 11th, 2012, 09:05 [Reply]

      Impressive and somewhat frightening. That anyone can do this with readily available tools is also impressive. Of course, Sandia had their Fire Ants ready for deployment in the Gulf quite a few years ago, but the DOD wasn’t quite ready to field questions about robot drones killing tanks and anything mistaken for a tank.


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