Saturday, 26 December 2015

This engineer has finally created a real burning lightsaber


This engineer has finally created a real burning lightsaber

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We do see a lot of replicas around, but lightsabers still remain a very iconic weapon without any functionality when recreated. And this is due to very basic physics: light can’t interact with matter that way, light beams cannot be interrupted without having its course cut off – which means we can’t recreate in real life we see in those awesome fights in Star Wars.
But Pan did a pretty good job in making a functional lightsaber with a flame blade. Even if is not EXACTLY like the real deal, at least it’s the coolest cigarette lighter I’ve ever seen. He uses a nichrome ignition system to shoot a beam of fire from the saber, fueled by a highly flammable methanol-acetone fuel mixture, and butane propellant. The saber also counts with some cool sound effects to add a bit more drama to the weapon. From the video you can see he handles the saber with extreme care, but then again, who wouldn’t when holding a meter-tall column of fire in their hands?
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