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Backyard ICBM's for Kids

Missiles for tots
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Each missile is a ball with an accelerometer inside. On the ball you can select multiples of your throwing speed. For example, Johnny's throwing speed is 25 miles per hour and he selects "100X" to throw a calculated velocity of 2500 mph. The ball is accompanied by an iPad. When Johnny throws the ball, the ball and the iPad communicate to measure the starting GPS coordinates, the angle, velocity, and compass direction of the ball. A world map on the iPad takes into account prevailing winds and atmospheric conditions to shows where the missile will land when extrapolated to the higher velocity. That way kids in different countries can throw balls at each other in their backyards and pretend they are missiles and try and blow each other up.
leinypoo13, Sep 29 2010


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       Built in rockets fire one second after freefall is detected and the onboard GPS navigates the ball to its destination.
pocmloc, Sep 29 2010
  

       Just have to hope that little Jimmy doesn't get a crossed line to Vladimir Putin ...   

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8th of 7, Sep 29 2010
  

       Nuclear annihilation isn't a game just for generals anymore.
ldischler, Sep 29 2010
  

       ICBMs are sooo C20. Can't we have toy cruise missiles and orbital lasers?
mouseposture, Sep 30 2010
  

       Great way to connect kids with world geography. Don't you agree, [8th]? Wouldn't you have enjoyed your geography teacher giving you an assignment of writing a report on the country you just blew up? ;-)
lurch, Sep 30 2010
  

       Mutual assured distraction.
AntiQuark, Sep 30 2010
  

       Incoming! [+]
Grogster, Sep 30 2010
  

       Well done (+), a ball as an interface, very cool.
MisterQED, Sep 30 2010
  

       Tape "throwdown" firecrackers all over the ball. No-one will try to catch it.
infidel, Sep 30 2010
  

       The more daring children will do exactly that. In order to throw it back at you.
mouseposture, Oct 01 2010
  


 

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