Straight from the movie and into the headlines: Mjolnir, the fabled hammer.
Allen Pan, an engineer by trade, has created his own version of Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor. Using a microwave transformer and electromagnets inside the hammer, he is able to create a field that prevents it from being lifted off of a metal surface.
Of course, as the story goes, Mr. Pan is the only person that has been deemed “worthy” to move the hammer. Using a touch sensor built into the handle of the hammer that’s connected to a Arduino Pro Mini and a relay, Mr. Pan is able to cancel the field by turning the magnetics on and off.
For field testing, Mr. Pan took his hammer to the muscle-bound streets of Venice Beach. He asked anybody that passed by to attempt to lift the hammer, only to pick it up with ease after they struggled.
While Mr. Pan’s hammer may not be able to fly or summon lightning, what it does is lend to great advancement in the field of theft prevention. The technology would help create items such as bike locks with no chains or home doors and windows with no handles or latches.
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