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This Guy Just Made An IRL Aimbot And He’s Basically Hawkeye Now

This Guy Just Made An IRL Aimbot And He’s Basically Hawkeye Now

This is cheating. Impressive. But still cheating.

Imogen Donovan

Imogen Donovan

Shane Wighton, also known as the guy behind the extremely successful engineering channel Stuff Made Here on YouTube, has developed an "aimbot" that corrects the aim of a compound bow and arrow so that it hits a moving target every time. He's basically a Hawkeye variant from Marvel's What If...

Aimbots are the bane of almost every legitimate player of online games like Warzone, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite and more. Cheaters use this software so that they are guaranteed to land hits on their opponents rather than getting the thrill of taking down an enemy through their own skill. Or, in other words, playing the game how it's intended to be played. Aimbots are unfair on the community of legitimate players as their achievements pale in comparison to these assisted statistics from the cheaters running this software, and developers are committed to stamping out this and other forms of nastiness from their games for good.

Human beings, eh? Leave them to their own devices and they'll get up to all sorts, like creating Spider-Man's webs and hanging upside down in soft play arenas.

So, the news that Wighton has thought up and created an actual aimbot for a bow is... concerning. Fortunately, as he's announced its existence to his three million subscribers, he won't get away with using the invention at archery competitions. Furthermore, this took thousands of missteps and miscalculations before he arrived at the ideal iteration of the auto-aim mechanism, and also managed to punch himself in the face a lot. Don't try this at home. Please.

Let's get into the workings on this interesting creation. On paper, it's complicated by several factors - that the arrow travels in a curved path through the air, that the archer must visualise where a moving target will be before they loose the arrow, and that the timing must be as accurate as possible for the arrow to actually hit the target.

So, Wighton hands over control to two robots. One is attached to the bow and strapped to his forearm, and will move the bow up, down, left and right to correct wavering on the part of the wielder. The other robot is in Wighton's other hand when he draws the string and releases it when the bow is in line with the target. Hey, no one said that an IRL aimbot would be fair. In fact, I definitely said it was the opposite. Scroll up if you forgot.

Then, eight cameras in the workshop sense where markers (those little grey balls in the video) are in the space. They are stuck on the bow, the grip robot, and on the target that Wighton is trying to strike. This allows a result to be calculated on where the bow is pointing, how far it is pulled backwards and where the target is in the room, through an apparently simple program that he wrote.

In the end, the calculations are repeated over and over within fractions of a second with new tracking information as the moving target sails through the air. With all of these bits and bobs working in tandem, it's awesome to see Wighton not even look at his target, the robot whir into position in a blink of an eye, and hit it square on. It is cheating, though. No one tell the real Hawkeye.

Featured Image Credit: Stuff Made Here via YouTube, Marvel Studios

Topics: News, Call of Duty