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.

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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?


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  • 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 !!
            • #1WantedGamerMonday, September 30, 2019 at 8:30 am
              Wow! Very interesting. How long do you think it took?
              • mahovasitorymi
                mahovasitorymiWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 11:17 am
                Hulk is better lol
                • jeffWednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10:53 am
                  I love super heros
                  • jazzyMonday, March 18, 2019 at 6:27 am
                    fake stop lying
                    • naluloveer1655Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:10 am
                      Thats cool...................but i think its too small
                      • Steks Friday, March 8, 2019 at 9:03 am
                        That is cool