'Master The Force' To Explode Watermelons!

By Meera Dolasia on September 9, 2012

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Photo Credit: Nick Elrod on Flickr (via Gizmag)

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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  • henryThursday, January 19, 2017 at 9:43 am
    cool
    • SkyWalking1998Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 8:53 am
      I WANT ONE
      • Anikan SkywalkeThursday, January 19, 2017 at 8:19 am
        awwwsome but oxygen tank ruins it dont show the tank
        • coldocean
          coldoceanThursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:03 am
          anyone reading in 2017
          • swagdog5
            swagdog5Monday, April 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm
            cool
            • fusionfury
              fusionfuryFriday, April 15, 2016 at 6:56 am
              wow
              • skydragon
                skydragonThursday, April 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm
                I would like to master the force!
                • fusionfury
                  fusionfuryFriday, April 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm
                  totally
                • supershmavin
                  supershmavinThursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:28 am
                  Awesome!
                  • obi-wan kenobiFriday, March 18, 2016 at 8:16 am
                    star wars is the best because you can use the force on anything you want to
                    • obi-wan kenobiFriday, March 18, 2016 at 8:15 am
                      I love star wars and the force so much that i wish i could use all of them and even have every single lightsaber ever made in star wars

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