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Why are we building laser tripwires? My friend, we’ll call him Agent Todbot, and I are creating a competitive art heist event for the upcoming Machine Project benefit. This means lots of fog, laser tripwires, and flashing lights. Competitors will try to get through, steal a piece of art, and return without crossing any beams.

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To build this, we’re pulling apart a bunch of laser pointers, mounting them at carefully measured intervals (in Mister Jalopy’s museum behind Coco’s Variety), and pointing them at photosensors. Tod attached these to small acrylic discs to allow some slack in the system. We’ll provide more build details as we go.

Machine Project Benefit 2009

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works in CG animation at DisneyToon Studios and writes for Make, Boing Boing, and other places online and in print. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.


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