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Hobbyist Builds Working Replica of Iron Man's Laser Gauntlet

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the looks-quite-handy dept.

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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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Not a guantlet (4, Insightful)

Chuckstar (799005) | about a year ago | (#42664447)

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

AND...

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

Re:Not a guantlet (5, Funny)

MightyYar (622222) | about a year ago | (#42664549)

AND...

Boy, I bet his mom's basement is just riddled with scorch marks.

Re:Not a guantlet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42667829)

Boy, I bet his mom's basement is just riddled with scorch marks.

At least those burnt off some of the other marks...

Woulda been 1st post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42664685)

Spent too much time watching thing on top of arm go up and down, up and down, up and down.

Re:Not a guantlet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42666727)

Actually, you might need to recheck what a gauntlet is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauntlet_%28glove%29

Check out the pictures on the right-side. You have basically the same thing in what I assume is bronze and lacking a balloon-rated death-ray.

Re:Not a guantlet (1)

Chuckstar (799005) | about a year ago | (#42673863)

Wikipedia is not fact. Plus, all the items on that page include various amounts of hand protection. It's really not a gauntlet.

Re:Not a guantlet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42667461)

Considering the guy sells his laser weapons for hefty amounts, I would say it's time well spent.

Re:Not a guantlet (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year ago | (#42667643)

That guy has way too much free time.

No, he doesn't, because he spends it all on projects like this!

Re:Not a guantlet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42668619)

It's not a guantlet.

No-one claimed that it was. They are calling it a "gauntlet". I don't even know what a "guantlet" is.

nihao, bitches!1 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42664451)

Let's face you: you better learn a fucking second language, and it'd better be Korean.

America's lost it, our day in the limelight has passed. Buy a Toyota -- oh, wait, you already did-- get a LG television, and hold onto your iPhone tight, because the next one you buy'll be a Samsung Galaxy. It's inevitable, the future belongs to the land of the rising sun: porn cartoons, bullet trains, samurai, bukakke, karoake, and all that shit. It's the future, man. I hope you're gonna be able to speak the language.

Re:nihao, bitches!1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42664507)

If you really think that Korea is taking over you might want to learn the difference between their culture and language and those of Japan.

Re:nihao, bitches!1 (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about a year ago | (#42664611)

not to mention "ni hao," though i guess korea is kind of like china-lite, in terms of western assimilation.

Re:nihao, bitches!1 (2)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | about a year ago | (#42664585)

Hmmm... Nihao is Mandarin for "Hello"; literally it means "You Good". Sorry, not Korean.

Re:nihao, bitches!1 (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#42664669)

Nor is Toyota. Maybe he should have said "Kia" or "Hyundai" or the vnerable Daewoo. Or the rising sun, or any of the other things he listed. I'm guessing it was a troll.

Hmm. (5, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#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...

Re:Hmm. (2)

peragrin (659227) | about a year ago | (#42664905)

that's just it

Iron man's laser cuts things.

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

Re:Hmm. (2)

Brad1138 (590148) | about a year ago | (#42665115)

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

Or bring down a plane....

Re:Hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42665837)

OMG, Terrorists will use it to kill... we need to ban lasers!

Re:Hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42666643)

Don't ban them, but certainly not allow people off the street who have no regard for public safety use them. If I invented a gun, and told you that all it does it cause permanent blindness, pop balloons, and look cool, do you think we should sell that gun to anyone on the street? Lasers are instant and accidents constantly happen. Try not looking into a laser at your local supermarket at checkout. It's almost impossible - humans are designed to look at bright spots.

Re:Hmm. (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#42665993)

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 won't cause a plane to fall out of the sky.

Re:Hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42667473)

But what if someone uses a relatively powerful laser to blind a pilot in a small private aircraft, like a Cessna 172 or whatever, just as it approaches landing? Unlike large commercial liners, there are lots of smaller planes that can't land themselves on autopilot.

Re:Hmm. (1)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about a year ago | (#42666381)

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.

Re:Hmm. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42666623)

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?

Release the lawyers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42664519)

quick somebody sue him!

Does everything geeky need to be "cyber"? (4, Insightful)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#42664541)

cyber weapons hobbyist

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

Re:Does everything geeky need to be "cyber"? (3, Insightful)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#42664681)

Wearable machines makes them cyber. Cybernetic organism, a cheap watch over a human arm. Or so the cyber heroes think...

Re:Does everything geeky need to be "cyber"? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#42665295)

Cybernetic organism, a cheap watch over a human arm

Agreed: wearable machines make one at most cyberpunk [wikipedia.org] (a bit different from what cybernetics [wikipedia.org] mean)

but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (5, Informative)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year ago | (#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.)

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42664725)

arclight siege artillery had the best damage, it would wreck anything, dragoons, ultralisks, but then the new "crucio" replacement not only cost more and required more crew but did less damage.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#42666345)

but then the new "crucio" replacement not only cost more and required more crew but did less damage.

Nah, you only think it does less damage because you aren't aware of the improvements in armor technology in the galaxy since the last war.

fortunately theres magnetic field blocking (1)

decora (1710862) | about a year ago | (#42664805)

macguffin device that blocks the magnetic fields

Re:fortunately theres magnetic field blocking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42665699)

You don't need some magical unobtanium to block the magnatic field.

Just line the inside of the suit with unipolar magnets.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42664907)

Strong magnetic field to contain plasma + diamagnetic superconductive field insulating the plasma chamber, sort of like a souped up Faraday cage = plasma containment system that won't turn you into a walking fridge magnet.

Yes/no?

(Captcha was "dampen")

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (1)

arth1 (260657) | about a year ago | (#42664929)

Laser also is quite a bit faster than IM's shots, which you can see move.

Anyhow, editors, please don't use phrases like "... working laser gauntlet -- just like ...", unless it really works just like. It's just like in the same way as a flip phone is just like a Star Trek communicator -- a superficial resemblance unless actually used. If you mean awesome, say awesome; if you mean resembles, say resembles. Telling untruths is plusungood.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (1)

davydagger (2566757) | about a year ago | (#42665733)

a Sat Phone is a good comparison feature and size wise.

Star Trek woefully underestimated computer technology, and over estimated starship technology. Not suprisingly. The world was enthralled by the space race, in the late 60s. No one cared about computers.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (1)

englishknnigits (1568303) | about a year ago | (#42665003)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZWzf3h50LU [youtube.com]

Skip to 1:14. I'm no physicist but those look like lasers to me.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (5, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | about a year ago | (#42665085)

Thank you. The GP has absolutely no business on Slashdot if he can't even distinguish Iron Man's palm-mounted arsenal from his wrist-mounted arsenal. It brings shame upon the entire community.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42665575)

As opposed to the OP who can't distinguish between gauntlets and arm guards.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42665655)

Not really correct. This is the laser we often see iron man use in the movies, the one that he ejects after use because the laser tube burns out after a single use. His propulsion in his palms and boots is through repulsors, which are not a plasma based technology, they are some form of electric massless rocket that operates through an unknown process. The miniature arc reactor may have plasma in it but it does not supply his systems with plasma, it produces electricity using another unknown process.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (1)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year ago | (#42666267)

Oh well, it was good as long as it lasted.

Back to replicating the Shark Repellent Bat-Spray!
We can already confuse goldfish. We're getting there!

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42666551)

Actually, lasers have the highest possible specific impulse. The exhaust velocity of a photon rocket (our laser in this case) is the speed of light.

Did you mean thrust?

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42669261)

It is a repulsor ray, and as stated it is fired from his palm.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | about a year ago | (#42670513)

actually.... you know i don't believe you're correct. The arc reactor or whatever has to do with fusion. I would surmise that any micro fusion reactors would deal with alpha particles, not plasma directly. Maybe it creates quark-gluon plasma which is a completely different animal than high density plasma. It could be very low density yet much more highly charged than any high density plasma and could be controlled more easily with magnetic containment fields.

Re:but.... iron man doesnt shoot lasers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42673763)

... Or really, really hot. 'Cause, ya know....

Legal battles ahead. (1)

mark-t (151149) | about a year ago | (#42664695)

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 to create a form of scarcity by not disclosing to others how he did it. How long do you do you think it will take for the lawyers to descend?

Re:Legal battles ahead. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42664979)

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

Re:Legal battles ahead. (1)

mark-t (151149) | about a year ago | (#42665189)

Selling "Iron Man" replica merchandise.

Re:Legal battles ahead. (1)

BubbaDave (1352535) | about a year ago | (#42671289)

He's so far past fucked he can't even catch a bus back to fucked.

Re:Legal battles ahead. (1)

mark-t (151149) | about a year ago | (#42673275)

oooh.... I *LIKE* that metaphor. Mind if steal it?

Re:Legal battles ahead. (1)

BubbaDave (1352535) | about a year ago | (#42673923)

oooh.... I *LIKE* that metaphor. Mind if steal it?

Heh, it's already stolen from a fairly well-known software engineer/designer or such.

Re:Legal battles ahead. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42666349)

He made at least one unauthorized copy of Iron Man merchandise and, on top of it, is trying to sell the counterfeits. The fact he's trying to make money off it is an aggravant, not a reason to congratulate him. That's assuming he doesn't live in China or somewhere else with weak copyright laws.

I expected a more powerful laser, with many clever tricks to solve all the problems that come with putting a big laser in a small, portable, device. But that thing, while nicely done, didn't live up to the hype the summary made up. I say we sue him for false advertising as well.

Re:Legal battles ahead. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42672091)

He also is a bit of a jerk, so I can't really see any wrong in wasting his time and that of Disney's legal team in one go.

Working? (2)

Gabrill (556503) | about a year ago | (#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.

Re:Working? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42665665)

I am less interested in the laser pointer and more interested if it is made of metal and that circle thing actually automatically screws in to tighten the two panels together.

was a cooler one years ago (1)

oic0 (1864384) | about a year ago | (#42664851)

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.

wdo7l (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42665235)

ink splashes across ch4n8el, you might was after a long The numbers. The

I am disappoint (2)

nu1x (992092) | about a year ago | (#42665687)

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 engineering itself.

Summary (4, Funny)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about a year ago | (#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.

Re:Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42670679)

... or what's weak this week!

I'm not interested in the laser gauntlet (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year ago | (#42666533)

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

Chase the dot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42667631)

Irom Man's cat would love this.

Hobbyist buying off the shelf solutions? (1)

destruk (1136357) | about a year ago | (#42668067)

WickedLasers has the parts, and then you just mold a piece of plastic and relocated the power switch. Not impressive in the slightest.

Re:Hobbyist buying off the shelf solutions? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42671925)

This was a lot of little things executed very well, not "mold a piece of plastic" around an off-the-shelf laser. The mechanism to tighten and lock the cuff around the arm was well designed, the lighting on the tightening switch was a nice touch, the servo motor and levers to raise the laser off the arm were well done, the fit and finish on all the exterior parts was flawless. It seems like all the critics here focus just on the functionality of the end product, a low-power off-the-shelf laser that can't cut through military vehicles, but it ignores the superb craftsmanship that went into everything else.

The marketing guys will be so jealous! (1)

MasterOfGoingFaster (922862) | about a year ago | (#42669519)

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?

Lasers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42670565)

Iron Man uses repulsors, not lasers. Get is straight folks

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