Video Of The Week - Engineer Builds Real-Life Thor Hammer

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Fans of the Avengers film series will recall Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, that can only be lifted by someone 'worthy,' AKA the superhero himself. However, while the one in the movies was probably a prop, Alan Pan's Mjolnir is the real deal!

But before you get all excited, Pan is not a living superhero with magical powers. He is an electrical engineer who used his technical skills and imagination to build a hammer that only he can lift. The Los Angeles resident whose YouTube video has garnered over 12 million views in just five days, began by placing an electromagnetic magnet obtained from a microwave inside a hammer shell.

Photo Credit: YouTube.com (screen capture)

This helps generate a magnetic field so strong that the hammer is impossible to lift when placed over a metallic surface. Pan then fitted the handle with a capacitive touch sensor and a fingerprint identification sensor.

When a stranger tries to move the hammer, the first sensor relays the message to an Arduino Pro Mini computer, which in turn activates the electromagnet, making it impossible to lift. However, when Pan touches it, the fingerprint sensor that is programmed with his prints takes over. It disables the magnets allowing the inventor to raise the Mjolnir instantly! Who knew being an engineer could be so much fun?

Resources: zmescience.com, Youtube.com

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  • chung
    chungWednesday, June 16, 2021 at 1:23 am
    Wow! I want one
    • percabeth4ever
      percabeth4everMonday, January 25, 2021 at 9:17 am
      I love guardians of the galaxy mostly because of the music!
      • percabeth4ever
        percabeth4everMonday, January 25, 2021 at 9:16 am
        wow! that's amazing! My favorite character is spider man because he seems so sweet and innocent. Also tony stark because he is sarcastic and just my favorite.
        • ijah
          ijahMonday, January 4, 2021 at 6:46 am
          thats cool
          • dragon999
            dragon999Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:12 am
            superhero are cool
            • dragon999
              dragon999Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:11 am
              wow
              • tree11
                tree11Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 6:56 pm
                That's funny!!
                • texasrocks88
                  texasrocks88Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7:49 am
                  I love Marvel movies!!!!Gamora is my favorite character and Hawkeye and Captain America are my favorite Avengers.
                  • tree11
                    tree11Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7:40 pm
                    Follow me texasrocks88 PLEASE!!
                    • tree11
                      tree11Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 6:57 pm
                      I like Black Widow, Iron man, and Gamora!
                    • gm301434
                      gm301434Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10:13 am
                      no i think Thor can do it
                      • mashmellow
                        mashmellowThursday, December 5, 2019 at 12:19 pm
                        must have took along time to make !!