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These Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Can Be Fired by Flexing Arm Muscles

Image: Hackerloop

After realizing they had an unfair advantage during Nerf battles over a competitor who was missing a hand, the tinkerers at Hackerloop decided to level the battlefield by building Nicholas Huchet a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic that can be automatically fired whenever he contracts his forearm muscles.

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Image: Hackerloop

In a Medium post, Hackerloop’s Valentin Squirelo thoroughly documented the build, which used a combination of custom 3D-printed parts, Arduino-like electronics, a couple of electromyography sensors to detect muscle movements, and a pair of Nerf Swarmfire blasters whose round design made them perfect for this hack—although hunting them down was apparently the hardest part of building the prosthetic.

Illustration for article titled These Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Can Be Fired by Flexing Arm Muscles
Image: Hackerloop
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A lot of the time, custom builds like this end up looking a little thrown together as the creators are more concerned with whether or not they can actually pull it off. But the custom 3D-printed sheath and casing created for this prosthetic not only look like something out of a Mega Man game, they also help to hide all of the underlying electronics and mechanics, which, you don’t actually want exposed to flying darts in the heat of battle.

[Medium via Make]

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DISCUSSION

Whenever something like this pops up, its always important to remember that being envious of a person missing a major limb probably isn’t cool.

Even if he is now Mega Man.