Sci-Fi Contest Roundup: Stargate


The 90s were a remarkable time for Sci-Fi movies, in that there actually were sci-fi movies, and not sequels to a reboot of yet another comic book movie. One of the breakout hits from this era was Stargate, the film and three syndicated television series. With a corpus this large, a few Stargate builds made it into our Sci Fi contest, and from the looks of things, they’re pretty cool.

The Ma’Tok Staff

546381397503980641The Ma’Tok staff is an energy weapon used by Jaffa warriors that fires a concentrated plasma bust over 70 yards. While we question the utility of a weapon that’s only accurate to 70 yards on the battlefield (like, arrows are better, man) [frankstripod] is making his own version. Instead of plasma bolts, it’ll be a hairspray-powered PVC potato cannon.

It’s totally not a tricorder

scannerThe Ancients in Stargate Atlantis had a multifunction handheld device capable of detecting life signs, observing multiple frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum, and finding power sources.  Basically, it’s a smartphone that’s not from Star Trek. This scanner became an important piece of commandeered technology, and these guys are building their own. Qi wireless charging, touch screen, IR transceiver, and everything a real tricorder should be.

Wait. Where did he get Naquadah?


What good would a post on Stargate builds be without an actual Stargate? [shlonkin] and [dkopta] are doing just that, complete with a rotating right and light-up chevrons. Here’s a video. Video below, of course.

The Sci-Fi contest runs until the end of the month, so there’s still time for you to get in on the action and get your hands on some really great prizes. We’re giving away O’scopes, soldering stations, dev boards, some sweet Sci-Fi prizes, and awesome Hackaday T-shirts.


24 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Contest Roundup: Stargate

  1. “This, is a weapon of terror. It’s made to intimidate the enemy. This, is a weapon of war. It’s made to _kill_ your enemy.” – Jack O’Neill

  2. sorry to be a detail schnoob, but the stargate has too many chevrons. it’s an awesome build to be sure, but lacking in the detail department. Sorry.

    1. No, nine is right. It’s just that two are generally never used (needing exponentially more absurd amounts of power) and so tend to be burried.

    2. Last I checked it has always had 9… 7 symbols needed for the same galaxy. 8 for other galaxies. 9 to get to the ancient ship in SGU.

  3. The thing I especially loved from the movie was not covered here. It was the mechanical bird-head masks. I always thought that would be a great project.

      1. The TV series masks, while real, didn’t look as neat as the CGI ones in the movie. The way they folded was like the difference between the tops on a 1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner and a VW Beetle Cabriolet.

        Dunno why they went with practical effect masks in the series when the 3D models and textures were already made for the movie. 3D animators get bigger paychecks than people who make physical props?

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