Plastic sword detects WiFi-enabled orcs


For a few years now, [Jomegat] has been thinking about Sting, the sword wielded by [Bilbo Baggins] and later [Frodo] in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Sting glows blue whenever an orc is near. Assuming the Elvish magic created by Tolkien is in reality highly advanced Elvish technology, [Jomegat] figured out a way to make his plastic Sting detect WiFi-enabled orcs.

Since The Hobbit was released, toy stores have been flooded with related merchandise that included a wonderful toy version of everyone’s favorite orc killing weapon. The only problem was how to add orc sensors to this plastic Sting. [Jomegat] assumed all orcs carry a cell phone, and being the low creatures they are, would always have their WiFi turned on. [Jomegat] found a very inexpensive WiFi detector key chain that would sense these phone-carrying orcs and light up to alert our warrior to imminent danger.

After acquiring the materials crafted from Elvish magic technology, [Jomegat] opened up the plastic hilt of Sting and installed the WiFi detector. Now, whenever Sting senses the preferred wireless connection of the orc, the blade glows a bright blue.

[Jomegat] was eaten by a grue shortly after completing this project.


  1. ingrownelectron says:

    Let this be a lesson! Don’t forget your light source when entering the basement.

  2. ingrownelectron says:

    Nice hack, by the way :)

  3. jwrm22 says:

    Ha! Great title! Nice hack.

  4. shshjfsgdf says:

    hehe :)

  5. Jay says:

    Great idea and nicely implemented.

  6. six677 says:

    I would have probably gone with bluetooth rather than wifi but its a pretty cool project.

  7. nice and simple = best hacks!

  8. jomegat says:

    In case anyone else wants to make their own, here are the two pieces needed:

  9. strider_mt2k says:

    Those grues are why I always carry a pencil and a piece of graph paper with me.

  10. Hirudinea says:

    802.11g for Gondolin.

  11. Bobby S says:

    I love the writeup, and how it matches the theory on the project site.

  12. Marvin2843 says:

    one does not simply connect to modor…

    Nicely done.

  13. Circuitmage says:

    love it.

  14. Whatnot says:

    Not a bad idea, especially now WiFi is so ubiquitous so you aren’t left with something that is too theoretical

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