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An Android-Controlled Pneumatic Cannon Powered By Arduino

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Uploaded on Jul 15, 2011

Cannon is an open source (GPL) Android and Arduino project that allows a smartphone to fire objects from a PVC pneumatic cannon. The communication between the smartphone and the cannon takes place wirelessly via Bluetooth, allowing the phone to be up to approximately 30 feet from the cannon.

This project was developed in July 2011 by three Qualcomm employees from Virginia Tech. Qualcomm hosts a "Battle of the Schools" competition in every summer. This year, entries were to be homemade contraptions, and they were judged according to how cool they were perceived to be. Virginia Tech's Cannon tied Michigan State for first place.

The Cannon team includes:
Doug DeCarme: Android developer
Shaver Deyerle: Hardware developer
Zach Rattner: Arduino developer

The entire project took five days to create, with more work being done over the
weekend than during the week.

Key Parts:
BlueSmirf Silver Bluetooth Modem: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10269
Arduino Uno: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9950
Sprinkler Valve: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v...

For full Android and Arduino source code, see http://www.zachrattner.com/Cannon.php.

Royalty-free songs "Merry Go" and "Plucky Daisy" are from incompetech.com.

The Qualcomm logo is the property of Qualcomm, and Qualcomm did not endorse this project.

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