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YouTuber makes real-life Thor Hammer only he can lift

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An engineer has made a working version of Mjolnir, the hammer used by Thor from the Avengers, that only he can lift.

In the comics and films, only those “worthy” enough can pick up the hammer – which means that only Thor, and occasionally someone else depending on the storyline, can wield it.

YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced, real name Alan Pan, created the device using a capacitive touch sensor, an electromagnet taken from the transformer of a microwave, and a fingerprint scanner registered to his thumb print.

The electrical engineer also used an Arduino Pro Mini microcontroller board and four 12v batteries, all contained within the head of the hammer, in the construction.

He then took his invention to Venice Beach, California, to show that only he was worthy of wielding the mighty weapon.

Watch below as passers-by struggle to lift Mjolnir.

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The electromagnet – which uses electricity to create a magnetic field – turns on when someone touches the handle and the capacitive touch sensor activates.

The resulting magnetic pull is so strong that the hammer is impossible to lift when placed on any metal surface.

The electromagnet is deactivated when Pan’s fingerprint is recognised by the scanner, something that one discerning member of the Venice public figured out.

In his YouTube biography, Pan says that he “tries to make pretend things into real things.”

Let us know what you think of his effort to make Mjolnir a reality in the comments.

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Andy

October 14, 2015, 6:18 pm

Good fun, love it

Paul Garlick

October 15, 2015, 8:53 am

you gotta love science!

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