Building A Real Extending Lightsaber

With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.

Constructed by Youtuber HeroTech, this lightsaber extends and retracts to look like the ones from the Star Wars movies. Granted, it doesn’t extend and retract as quickly as the ones you’ve seen in the films, but it still beats the string of Christmas lights I wrapped around a broom handle as far as realistic lightsabers go.

The saber uses the coiled steel spring from a magician’s cane to extend and retract, which has a strip of LED lights looped over the length of the spring to illuminate the blade. The blade is currently only lit on two opposite sides, but HeroTech plans to make a future update by spinning the LED strip around the coil to illuminate it from all sides. The hilt also has a built-in speaker, which plays realistic lightsaber sounds while the blade is in use.

Do I want my own realistic extending and retracting lightsaber? Of course, I do, but I lack the know-how to build my own or the money to convince HeroTech to sell me theirs. So, where does that leave me? Nowhere near where I want to be, I can tell you that.

[via TechEBlog]

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With over 17 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related, ever since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself in the garage.