Workers at a Google Data Center recently used modern technology to control a trebuchet, a medieval weapon that was used to catapult rocks, fire and dead bodies over fortifications. They were competing in the first Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition at The Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina. Using a tiny computer, an Android cellphone and a Blue Tooth receiver to trigger the wooden contraption, the Google team competed against high school and college students and other corporate teams.
The trebuchet uses a long swing arm and counterweight to slingshot its payload into the air. It was an important weapon during the Crusades and was featured in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” where it was used to hurl a cow over a castle wall.
The Google-sponsored event was part of The Citadel’s National Engineering Week. Read more about it on The Citadel website.