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Hobbyist Builds Working Replica of Iron Man's Laser Gauntlet 78

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Zothecula writes "Given that most real-life superheroes don't have the budget of Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne, you would assume that their gadgetry wouldn't be quite on par with what we're used to seeing in the movies. German cyber weapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe, however, has built his own working laser gauntlet... just like the one made famous by a certain Iron Man."

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Hobbyist Builds Working Replica of Iron Man's Laser Gauntlet

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  • Not a guantlet (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chuckstar (799005) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @10:04PM (#42664447)

    It's not a guantlet. That is what is colloquially called a "cuff".

    AND...

    That guy has way too much free time. ;-)

  • by zugmeister (1050414) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @10:04PM (#42664457)
    All the effort to design this beautiful device and I totally don't see how it'll ever fit...
  • Hmm. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @10:07PM (#42664479)

    Slight problem: Anyone who isn't wearing safety glasses is now blind, including innocent people. And you probably did more damage to everything around you than the bad guys. Ah, well... you are a superhero...

    • by peragrin (659227)

      that's just it

      Iron man's laser cuts things.

      All this will do is make people blind, maybe burn out a camera ccd.

      • by Brad1138 (590148)

        All this will do is make people blind, maybe burn out a camera ccd.

        Or bring down a plane....

        • Or bring down a plane....

          Yes, by the power of photons generated from a lightweight low energy density battery, the plane will simply fall out of the sky on contact with it. No, I think not. Although there have been numerous cases of laser light causing pilots difficulty, no planes have yet fallen out of the sky and are unlikely to. It is, however, a safety issue -- prolonged or repeated exposure to the kinds of lasers people are shooting at the airplanes can lead to eye problems.

          So I'm not saying it isn't a problem, just that it wo

      • by Jmc23 (2353706)
        So what you're saying is that he built an actually effective weapon that won't cause millions in damages like the made up thing in the comics.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Builds like this prove that these lasers should be only sold and used by licensed handlers. Safety glasses are an absolute must, how is he going to demo this thing to a crowd? Will he warn them that if they even catch a reflection of the beam in their eyes they could lose retina real estate?

  • half iron man, half 'useless machine'
  • by c0lo (1497653) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @10:15PM (#42664541)

    cyber weapons hobbyist

    Does the use of lasers/magnetic fields in gadgets convert them to "cyber"?

  • by wierd_w (1375923) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @10:23PM (#42664613)

    Iron man's suit makes use of the absurdly abundant energy produced by his arclight generator to produce high density plasma. His gauntlets are actually high density plasma thrustors. He uses them to fly with. Lasers just don't have that kind of specific impulse. Think more "plasma based jet port", and you are on the right track.

    Sadly, you will discover that containing high density plasma isn't a walk in the park, and would make your containment system quite magnetically attractive to just about anything ferromagnetic. That's because to contain the plasma, you would need a bitchin strong magnetic field. Like what's inside an MRI machine.

    It HAS to be high density plasma, because low density plasma thrustors don't have enough thrust either. (Work fine in outer space. Not so hot on the earth's surface.)

  • Fta:

    According to Patrick, it took him 120 hours to build the gauntlet â" and he wasnâ(TM)t working from plans of any kind. As with his past creations (such as a coilgun, flame-throwing glove, and rotary blade-shooting crossbow), heâ(TM)s not about to tell people how to build one of their own. If you contact him via his website, however, he might be willing to make you one ... for the right price.

    So...he's made his intent fairly clear that he intends to profit from this, even going so far as

    • by Anonymous Coward

      WTF are you talking about? What would the lawyers be descending for, to congratulate him for his basic grasp of entrepreneurial capitalism?

  • by Gabrill (556503) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @10:58PM (#42664849)

    If by working you mean that it can flash blinky lights. And if you mean "just like the one made famous" to say it can scorch holes through a single sheet of the paper the comic is written on, then yes. It's just like Iron Man's laser cutter that can punch through several inches of solid steel.

  • Guy built one like his palm thruster that fired when you opened your had as much as possible. Lots of cool stuff was built right after the 445nm diodes came out.
  • I opened this newspost actually hoping that the guy somehow made a convenient, portable multi-kilowatt focused laser beam, and also solved cooling problems in one go.

    That would have kept me a bit interested.

    This tho ? Pure false advertising, it is as much (less actually) exciting than a 1 watt powered laser pointer. With todays technology, we could be building more content rich shinies, as opposed to form rich shinies. Form has its place, but as a nerd, I really prefer, and see beauty in, function, and the

  • "Hobbyist builds working replica of Some Kind of Awesome Laser Maze?"
  • Summary (Score:5, Funny)

    by ceoyoyo (59147) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @01:44AM (#42666105)

    A guy made something that sort of looks like Iron Man's gauntlet and behaves like Buzz Lightyear's. He won't tell you how he made it, but he might build one for you if you give him lots of money.

    To quote an ancient meme... lame.

  • Make a working replica of the miniature fusion engine that powers the suit, and I'll be interested. :-)

  • Homemade fleshlight!
  • With one of these, I'll be a superhero at the next meeting. Can I get a chest-mounted powerpoint projector to go along with this?

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