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Engineer’s face beams with nerd pride after making a working lightsaber

Engineer Makes Working Lightsaber Video

Is there anything purer than the look of pride on a nerdy engineer’s face when he realizes he’s created a working lightsaber model? The answer to that question is “no,” as a new video posted by electrical engineer Allen Pan will demonstrate.

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I highlighted Pan’s work earlier this year when I wrote about his brilliant replica of Thor’s hammer that he designed to make it seem like only he could lift it. (In reality, he equipped it with a high-powered electromagnet that was connected to a fingerprint scanner that would only shut off when his thumb touched it.)

This time, he’s back with a lightsaber replica that uses a nichrome ignition system to shoot a beam of fire straight up into the air from the device’s hilt, which is filled with a methanol/acetone fuel mixture. To make the device super nerdy, Pan even equipped it with a tiny microphone that lets out a lightsaber sound effect whenever he turns it on. After all, if you’re going through the trouble of making a real lightsaber, you don’t want to leave out any important details.

In the video, Pan admits that wielding the device is a little bit scary, which is understandable since he’s basically holding a three-foot-tall column of fire in his hands. But his face… ah, his face is just priceless.

Check out the while video below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.