'Master The Force' To Explode Watermelons!

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How often have you wished you could be like Luke Skywalker and master the 'force' of your mind to make things happen. Now thanks to two Louisville residents your wish may be granted. The only difference? Instead of being able to lift ships from murky swamps, you will have the power to explode watermelons!

Brad and Chris who are members of Kentucky-based hackerspace LVL1, an open community where engineers, scientists, educators, and artists come together to create fun projects, began with a Star Wars Force Trainer. Based on technology that has been used by heart specialists for many years, the toy comprises of a wireless headset and a 10-inch tall clear plastic tower with a ping-pong ball inside. When the player puts on the headset that is programmed to read brain activity and focuses intently on the ball, it activates a training remote situated at the base of the tower which in turn, creates a flow of air that helps the ball rise within the tower.

The two tweaked the toy such that instead of connecting to a fan, it was linked to an air compressor that was monitored by an Arduino-based electronic device capable of sensing the concentration of the person attempting to explode the melon. When the signals reached an acceptable level, the device activated the compressor, which released a burst of air, powerful enough to shred the watermelon to pieces.

The 'Mind over Melon' project was demonstrated at an art and science festival held in Clermont, Kentucky on August 25th where some lucky people got to test their concentration levels. Unfortunately, the two have no plans to turn their brilliant invention into a commercial toy. Craig is just happy to have fulfilled his lifelong dream of being able to explode an object, using the power of his mind!25th where some lucky people got to test their concentration levels. Unfortunately, the two have no plans to turn their brilliant invention into a commercial toy. Craig is just happy to have fulfilled his lifelong dream of being able to explode an object, using the power of his mind!

Resources: gizmag.com,ubergizmo.com,lvl1.org

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  • gold3nglare
    gold3nglareFriday, November 20, 2020 at 7:17 am
    I'm not really into star wars.
    • danzeli12
      danzeli12Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11:26 am
      Wow! I feel like making one of those.
      • shadower922
        shadower922Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm
        I wish I cuod watch star wars. sigh.......
        • juniorpuppy2017
          juniorpuppy2017Monday, February 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm
          cool! i also watch all the movies 4 times each!!
          • lizzie_shadow
            lizzie_shadowWednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:12 am
            thats just like Star Wars I've seen each and every one of them!:)
            • legolover100
              legolover100Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm
              me too!
            • spykitten
              spykittenTuesday, June 19, 2018 at 3:51 pm
              Woah. That's cool. It must be a trick, though....
              • JFriday, February 2, 2018 at 8:28 am
                Cool
                • god Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:14 am
                  das cool
                  • CucumberThursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:05 am
                    Awesome i like watermoolones
                    • coolTuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8:11 am
                      cool