01 Mar '11, 12am

High tech gadgets used to trigger medieval weapon: CHARLESTON - WORKERS at a Google data center combined 12 cent...

CHARLESTON - WORKERS at a Google data center combined 12 century know how and space age technology to trigger a medieval weapon that was used to hurl rocks, balls of fire and dead animals over castle walls. They used an Android cellphone, a computer the size of a credit card and a Blue Tooth receiver to trigger the wooden weapon, known as a trebuchet, during the first 'Storm the Citadel Trebuchet Competition' in Charleston over the weekend. More powerful than the ballistas and catapults of ancient empires, the trebuchet used a long swing arm, triggered by the pull of gravity on a counterweight placed at the other end, to slingshot its payload into the air. Saturday's competition was sponsored by Google during The Citadel's National Engineering Week to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programmes in the schools, local employees said. 'There's a...

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