USB Missile Launcher: Make use of that available USB port

USB Missile Launcher is a missile launcher that uses a PC's USP port.

When I first saw this video, I thought to myself "Cute, but jeez. Somebody must have a lot of time on their hands!" and I laughed it off. Then I ran into this USB Missile Launcher today, and I realized that I need to take these fun USB gizmos a bit less seriously. I mean, it's hard to be serious and have fun at the same time!

Intimidating or not, the USB Missile Launcher is fun! Dong Ngo

Boy, did I have fun with this little toy of war. You can steer it 360 degrees around and also up and down about 45 degrees. The bundled software that allows for controlling the missile launcher via a simulated launch pad makes a lot of noise each time you want to fire it. When you do fire the missiles, the software simulates the sound of a large explosion and depending on the volume of your speakers, it can be LOUD! However, what I've found I most like to do is turn off the sound and fire its three included foam missiles at my unsuspecting co-workers.

If you don't have the luxury of oblivious co-workers, don't worry. The gizmo comes with a large-size target poster for you to practice. It works with any computer running Windows 2000/XP or Vista that has an available USB port.

Peace out!

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.



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