That hugely popular office time-waster, the USB Missile Launcher, has been upgraded again, this time with an integrated webcam and the ability to be targeted using Microsoft's MSN instant messaging app. The MSN USB Missile Launcher MSN Missile Launcher: webcam targeting engaged You can see the thinking behind it: build on a …
The wireless one, with a webcam on top and a laser pointer underneath?
That way, not only can you see your target, you can see the little dot-sight as well... :-D
Nah, I'd want a wireless networkable missile launcher that had both camera and laser spot. This means that when I'm away from the effective launch site, I can hop on and target those that are not doing as they are told! Controllable from a web browser - Ha ha!! Power is almost mine...
About blimmin time
We have all been saying this was needed since it's first release, no idea why it has taken so long.
Now question is can you still run a battery with just one camera!?
I have seen so many mods of this in our office it is hilarious, all sorts of camera's and bits and pieces mashed together.
Then you will be able to position your launcher for maximum effect; and also bring in the possibility of hacking in and turning someone's launcher against them!! :-)
But !! Hold On!!!
Where the Paris Hilton angle??
Well, I have heard that this toy confuses her. the missiles remind her of something, but she's not quite sure what..........
Nice... good way to fool the burglars...
They think it's a toy, you know it's a CCTV camera. :-)
We can do better
Anyone care to program a controller with a viola-jones face detector so it can self-aim?
Disclaimer: Aim it a little below the face or you'll get blamed when someone is hit in the eye. Better yet allow the user to program the offset. V-J face detectors detect Twi'leks but not Rodians or Wookiees so are unlikely to come in handy for many attacks by Star Wars aliens. Star Trek aliens are much easier to detect in general. Greys do not exist.
The next step
What about some serious ammo for the launchers? I can imagine what the London police force would like to use...
Ultimate office toy
I had one of this running on an office server; anyone could VNC in to fire it. I tried to attach a webcam and laser pointer to the frame but the combined weight was a bit much for it. And the cables got in the way.
A few suggestions
We have the camera and the laser sighting, but I think the following could be in the pipeline:-
Wireless, webcam (with Night vision), laser targeting, mobile (fire and move) missile launcher.
and maybe a redesign so it looks like this
If you want range,
you can always grab one of those Gefen USB over ethernet devices. Of course, you'd have to up your military budget considerably... :)
As soon as they replace...
...those poxy foam rubber missiles with 3 depleted uranium armour-piercing incendiary rounds I'll get my order in.
if it's wireless it should get some wheels too, so the controller can move it around and shoot up at people
It started out as something so simple yet so cool and the potential is encouraging. Build the thing around a decent, remote controlled multiple axle frame, strong and big enough to support the webcam, laser-sight, wireless capabilities and anything else we can think up to throw in, come on, someone out there must be lacking the social skills to be able to knock this together in double-quick time...
USB extension cables
Doing a Tim Taylor to get more power may also be possible.
Can we add a speaker with a choice of MP3s?
1) Donald Trump saying "You're fired!"
2) Robert Duvall from Apocalypse Now saying "I love the smell of napalm in the morning!"
3) Bill Pullman as Cpl. Hudson from Aliens saying "Game over man! Game over!!"
@ Steven Kraft
Bill Pullman? Bill 'can't act my way out of a paper bag' Pullman?
Go and watch that film again you silly boy... Nothing worse than coming up with a good idea and ruining it with a cock up like that. :)
I think the actor you meant was Bill Paxton.. as Pvt Hudson. :)
A better idea would be some clever software to control the thing.
Ideally you'd be able to enter a floor plan, then select a target on it. The software would then steer/angle the launcher to suit, or just tell you the shot wasn't possible. The launcher would then lob the missiles in a nice arc onto the target.
The main reason for this is most offices don't allow direct line of fire. And it's a little more difficult to block/trace a shot coming in from above.
Another option would be to separate the camera & launcher. Put the camera up high with something to steer it, use it to designate a target, and the launcher is automatically adjusted to hit the target. Relatively simple stuff if you can mark out the position & height of the two bits of the system, especially if you add a range-finder onto the camera to get a proper target location...
Flying Taser blimps?
My buddy and I came up with an idea...fit a Taser on the darts, then glue the whole works to one of those indoor blimps. Sell the thing to a mall as a "Remote-Patrol Security Droid". If any teenagers start acting up you can just give them a quick zap, from the comfort of your air-conditioned Security Kiosk.
It probably would cause problems tho, because all the cute girls would end up with a gaggle of taser-armed blimps escorting them around the mall. At least it would keep the importunate boys away..."Uh, hey, what's your, like, sign?" ZARK ZARK ZARK
Get the weight down...
tie it in with a RC helicopter and the worlds your lobster
I'm considering putting one of these in one of my clients server "room" without them knowing and see how long I can get away with it