DIYer contrives a four-barreled T-Shirt Cannon by using Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi T-Shirt Cannon

T-Shirt Cannons seem to be all the rage in the thriving domain of spectator sports. But about a T-Shirt Cannon powered by the intricacies of a Raspberry Pi? Well, a collaborative project by DIYer David Bryan and photographer Lucas Saugen entails exactly that. Originally envisioned for flat track roller team Minnesota RollerGirls, the impressive contraption encompasses four separate barrels for a whirlwind of t-shirt ‘bullets’.

As David Bryan made it clear, the inspiration for his Raspberry Pi powered design came when he was asked to repair a Minnesota RollerGirls T-Shirt Cannon that broke in the mid-season. He did a quick fix, and then pondered on the bold notion of contriving a specialized technology that could potentially fuel the next-generation of T-Shirt Cannons.

The result was an extended period of research, which dabbled with quirky ideas like – tweeting when a t-shirt was launched, a camera captured moment when the t-shirt hit someone and finally the ability to fire t-shirts in quick succession. All of these high aims led to the final design scope that surely boasts of some progressive features.

These features include – the utilization of PVC (Schedule 40 variety) for the barrels, a Raspberry Pi computer with both WiFi and camera modules for posting snaps and videos, a Darlington transistor array (ULN2803) wired to Adafruit 12-bit analog board, and a 12V 7Ah battery for the power-train. All of these translates to a robust cannon mechanism, which can support incessant t-shirt launching scenarios that use four separate barrels.

And, you can gleefully gawk at the video below, to watch one of the testing phases of the Raspberry Pi T-Shirt Cannon.

Raspberry Pi T-Shirt Cannon


Dattatreya Mandal

A proud native of the beautiful steel township of Durgapur, West Bengal, Dattatreya’s fascination lies within a range of diverse matters. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture, he is quite fond of his hardcore strategy gamer as well as amateur historian tag. Of course, with over two years of blogging experience under his belt, he also likes to write about the latest updates on gizmo oriented products and home based technology.

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