Making the 2009 Shmooball Cannon

Making the 2009 Shmooball Cannon

Shmooball Cannon

Larry Pesce wrote in to let us know that he’s posted his build notes for this year’s Shmooball Cannon:

Shmoocon (hosted by the fine folks at the Shmoo group, an independent security “think tank”) is a small hacker/security conference in Washington, DC, typically some time during the month of February.

They provide a foam stress ball (aka a Shmooball) at registration for each attendee (and offer more for sale, proceeds going to charity). The organizers encourage you to throw them at the presenters when you have a point to make, or when you think that you’re being sold a bill of goods.

In 2007, a group of folks unveiled their Shmooball cannon at closing ceremonies and unloaded at Bruce. It was multi-shot, made from PVC and a 2-stroke leaf blower. It was a great concept, but it was smelly and not incredibly efficient.

This is when I had thoughts of doing better. In 2008, I created a version that was much like a shoulder fired grenade launcher. In 2009, I decided I needed to take it up a notch.

This is the story of the building of the 2009 Shmooball cannon.

Building of the 2009 Shmooball Cannon [Flickr set]

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