You pull the trigger in a game, and a series of 1s and 0s determines whether you did anything in the virtual world. You pull the trigger on this thing and a real gun shoots at a real, living creature.
Last year, Jay Williams – the man whose property the contraption was discovered on – built this rig opposite a food plot in Georgia. It consisted of three shotguns and some web cameras. The shotguns were rigged to fire when given commands over the internet.
Williams says the guns, which he claims were never completed, were designed to allow people to shoot feral hogs, which are present in the area. A user could sit at home and control the guns via remote control; once a pig wandered into range of the platform, they could operate the guns without needing to be anywhere near the action.
Sounds convenient! Problem is, remote-controlled shotguns set up in the middle of the scrub are not just dangerous, they’re also highly illegal, which may explain why by the time the cops came to check them out they’d mysteriously “disappeared”, never to be seen of again.