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Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster : Programming Mayhem with Processing and Arduino by Bryce Bigger

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2Building a NERF Niche

In the spring of 2010, the organizers of Refresh Columbia (my local web design/development user group) asked for presenters. Foolishly, I volunteered. So that meant I had just a few weeks to piece something together for an upcoming meeting.

There were a few self-imposed objectives. I wanted to present something different and unusual. Keeping both designers and developers interested is challenging because developers are into the code and designers want pixel perfection. I left the proverbial drawing board after seeing an automated paintball blaster setup. Why not a NERF blaster, I thought. They’re a staple in office warfare. They’re fun. They have ambush potential. The kicker was the nerd catnip level. Would they love it? ...

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